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Wardens, Vestrymen and Congregation of 
St. Mary's Church in the Highlands, 

whose undaunted faith, devoted zeal and loyal, loving 
service have carried on unchanged, the early traditions 
of that marked fidelity and nobility of endeavor, as 
shown in the vision and ideals of those stalwart and 
sturdy lives of the past, whose splendid sense of their 
obligations has been the foundation upon which the 
parochial superstructure, that is to-day our just and 
proper pride, has been erected. 


THE publishing of a parochial history has ceased 
to be an unusual occurrence in the field of semi- 
religious literature. It must be conceded that 
the desire which inspires this kind of writing origi- 
nated with something far deeper, truer and more 
commendable than a mere laudatory survey of the 
incidents of the past, however noteworthy, but rather 
should be interpreted as the joy of a triumphant faith, 
which discerns the hand of God's guidance and the 
strong action of His Will, working in the illustrious 
lives and notable events of by-gone days, the proof that 
is furnished so unmistakably and indubitably in the 
evidence of history, of that divine Providence who, 
moving through the ages, "ordereth all things both in 
heaven and in earth." 

The compiling of the historical events, as set forth 
in the following pages, has emanated from the desire 
to preserve intact, and perpetuate for the benefit of present 
and future generations, the record, so far as it can be 
authentically obtained, of the origin, growth, experi- 
ences and development of a parish, whose roots run far 
back into the past. With that end in view, it has been 
the aim of the writer to collect such materials, from the 
sources at his command, and fashion them together into 
an historical structure, as may prove to be of special 


interest to those whose early memories and tender as- 
sociations are bound up in a church, the history of which 
they have helped to create. 

The parish of St. Mary's in the Highlands has a long 
and honorable record. In many cases it has had a con- 
spicuous membership and has been associated with some 
notable events. Having lately passed the seventy-fifth 
milestone of its life, it is now pushing on to the dignified 
place of being one of the centennial parishes in the dio- 
cese of New York. Because of the dignity of its position, 
the lustre of its record, and the memorable achieve- 
ments occurring in the past, there seems ample justifica- 
tion for the recording and preserving of such facts which 
are connected with scenes and incidents that are stamped 
with more than a local value. 

The arousing of a proper regard for those events, 
which testify in a language all their own, to the direct 
and influential movement of the divine spirit of God, 
will be an ample compensation for any labor expended 
upon the construction of this book. 

The writer here desires to make a grateful ac- 
knowledgment to all those, both members of the parish 
and otherwise, who, in one way or another, have assisted 
him in the shaping and accomplishing of his task. Par- 
ticularly, he would express his obligations to the senior 
warden of the church, Gouverneur Kemble, Esq., for 
many valuable suggestions, and much helpful coopera- 

St. Mary's Rectory, 


Chapter I. 1 

The Early Years in the History of Cold Spring. 
Chapter II. 7 

The Church of the "Upper Room." 
Chapter in. 10 

The Union Church. 
Chapter IV. 14 

The First Church of St. Mary's in the Highlands. 
Chapter V. 23 

The Second Church of St. Mary's in the Highlands. 
Chapter VI. 35 

The Rectors of St. Mary's Church in the Highlands, 1840- 
Chapter VII. 47 

The Wardens of St. Mary's Church in the Highlands, 
Chapter VIII. 66 

The Vestry of St. Mary's Church in the Highlands, 1840- 
Chapter IX. 99 

The Benefactresses of St. Mary's Church in the Highlands, 
Chapter X. 115 

Gifts and Memorials. 

I Parochial. 

II Non-Parochial. 

Chapter XI. 131 

Parochial Accomplishments : 

1. Removal of the Church Debt. 

2. Installing of the Organ. 

3. Vesting of the Choir. 

4. Renovation of the Interior of the Church. 

5. Introduction of Electricity. 

6. Construction of Steam Heating Plant. 

7. Purchase of a Parish Piano. 

8. Removal of the Church Feuce. 


Chapter. XII. 150 

Memorable Services. 
Chapter XIII. 203 

The Parish Register. 

Containing a Record of Baptisms, Confirmations, 

Marriages and Burials, 1840-1920. 
Memorial Sermons and Tributes. 




Church of St. Mary's in the Highlands . Frontispiece 
(From pen and ink sketch drawn by the Architect and pre- 
sented to the Author) 

An Early Picture of Cold Spring .... 2 

Early Buildings of the West Point Foundry . . 8 

The Union Church .10 

(From photograph made by W. Creary Woods of the Aeolian 
Co., the only picture of its kind in existence) 

Communion Vessels and Table used in the Union Church 12 ' 

(Photographed by permission of Miss Ellen Wood, Custodian 
of these Sacred Articles) 

Exterior of the First Church of St. Mary's in the High- 
lands ....:..... 14 

Interior of the First Church of St. Mary's in the High- 
lands 18 

(From the only extant photograph, the property of Miss Mary 

Bishop Benjamin T. Onderdonk 20 

Interior of the Second Church of St. Mary's in the High- 
lands 28 

Bishop Horatio Potter 30 

Interior of Present Church as it appears to-day . . 32 

Rev. Ebenezer Williams 34 

Rev. Charles W. Morrill 36 

Rev. Mytton Maury, D.D. . . . . . . 38 

Rev. Charles C. Parsons 40 

Rev. Isaac Van Winkle 42 

Rev. Ernest C. Saunders, Sc.D 44 

Rev. Elbert Floyd-Jones, M.A., S.T.B. ... 46 

Gouverneur Kemble, I. ...... 48 

Robert P. Parrott 52 

Gouverneur Kemble, II 56 

Gouverneur Paulding 58 


List of Illustrations 


Charles Miller 62 

Charles de Rham 66 

Alexander Hamilton 66 

John Taylor 68 

Albert Amerman 68 

George Edward Harney 70 

Robert B. Hitchcock 70 

Frederick P. James . . ... . . . 72 

William Young 72 

Frederick D. Lente . . . . . . . 74 

William H. Ladue 74 

Ellis H.Timm 76 

James N. Paulding 78 

James H. Haldane 80 

Charles W. Whipple 82 

William Van Wyck 84 

Daniel Butterfield 86 

William H. Haldane 86 

John Campbell 88 

George D. Thomas 90 

James M. Winslow 92 

Richard Giles 94 

Mary Parrott 100 

Ellen Kemble 102 

Julia L. Butterfield 104 

Wilhelmina D. Young 106 

Mary W. Kemble 112 

Rachel Carmichael 114 

Chancel of St. Mary's Church in the Highlands . . 120 

Parish House 124 

Rectory of St. Mary's Church in the Highlands . . 126 




THE search for records of events pertaining to the 
time when the village of Cold Spring originated, 
about a century ago, reveals, unfortunately, a 
somewhat sterile field. The first mention of the name 
"Cold Spring" appears in the minutes of a meeting in 
"Philipse's Precinct/' April, 1772, at which a highway 
master was chosen for the road from the "Cold Spring" 
to the Post Road from New York to Albany. Just what 
Cold Spring was referred to here does not appear. But 
very limited data exists bearing upon those somewhat 
obscure days. Except for the country surrounding it, 
with all its matchless beauty and scenic attractiveness, 
which the hand of time cannot change, Cold Spring now 
possesses little in common with those days which are to 
be treated of in the following chapter. 

At the opening of the nineteenth century only a ham- 
let of a few houses, most of which were down by the shore 
of the river, at the foot of what subsequently became 
the Main Street of the village, marked the spot, then not 
much more than a wilderness, and formed the nucleus 
of what subsequently developed into a thriving com- 
munity of industrial fame, known throughout this coun- 
try and in many parts of the world as associated with 
one of the great cannon foundries of that time. 

The village of Cold Spring, which has no rival along 
the river for the beauty of its situation, is located upon 

2 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

land which was patented to Adolph Philipse by a grant 
dated June 17th, 1677. It undoubtedly takes its name 
from a spring unusually cold and copious in its flowing, 
still existing near the railroad station, its waters being 
used extensively to refresh the freight locomotives of the 
New York Central for a new pull, and which is considered 
by many engineers as being the best water for their pur- 
pose along the line. 

There is a tradition that sloops passing up and down 
the river would often stop at this famous spring and fill 
their water tanks. 

Frederick Philipse, a descendant of the patentee, had 
the general charge of the estate in this vicinity, being the 
first male member of the family to reside here. He laid 
out most of the streets, sold the lots and regulated to a 
certain extent the advance of the village, down to the 
time when it was incorporated, April 22nd, 1846. 

The village is romantically situated in the most beau- 
tiful part of the valley of the Hudson River, winding in 
its graceful curvature, surrounded by those often cloud- 
capped mountains, from the tops of which the summer 
lightings dance and play. It has been highly favored in 
its position by having been picturesquely placed amid 
natural beauties, bountifully given by the hand of the 
Divine Architect, embalmed in the verse of Drake, Willis 
and others. Besides the grandeur and sublimity of 
scenery, the village occupies soil sacred to the recollec- 
tions of famous men and events, and is charged with his- 
torical memories. Part of the army of Washington 
found its abiding place here in the momentous days of 
the first American war for freedom. 

The first house to be occupied in this locality was built 


From a pen and ink sketch made by Thomas K. Wharton, about 1834, in a 

private journal, the property of the New York Public Library and printed 

here by permission. 

The Early Years in the History of Cold Spring 3 

by Thomas Davenport, who came from England about 
1715 and settled in the Highlands on a large tract of land 
now covered by the village of Cold Spring. His son was 
a member of the first vestry of the united churches of 
St. Peter's, Peekskill, and St. Philip's, Garrisons. This 
pioneer dwelling was constructed of logs, hewn from the 
forests and crags in the vicinity. It was said to have 
been located not far from the property of Marvin 
Wilson, now occupied by the family of Dr. Edwin 
Everett Smith. But it had a short existence, being de- 
stroyed by fire not long after its occupancy. There is a 
pathetic tradition of the calamitous event, which pictures 
the woeful and desolate feeling of this homeless family, 
as they stood around the ashes of their old hearth stone, 
with no neighbors to extend the rights of hospitality and 
no provision for the morrow. 

There is an historical reminiscence that has been pre- 
served, which notes particularly two other houses of that 
time, one built in 1760, a few rods from the site of the 
home of Thomas Davenport, and the other built in 1795, 
on the south side of what is now Main Street of the vil- 
lage, occupied in later years by Asa Truesdell, and used 
in 1817 by Gouverneur Kemble, president of the West 
Point Foundry, as an office. 

The early settlers of this neighborhood were plain 
people, whose lives were simple and whose wants were 
few, but their nearness to the river made it possible for 
them to obtain many things, which, for those days, 
would be considered luxuries, being brought up the river 
from New York by sloops, the usual means of transporta- 
tion of that time. 

As early as 1802 the resources of America were being 

4 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

rapidly developed. The value of the borders of the 
Hudson River were soon discovered by commercial pros- 
pectors. It was not long before this neighborhood at- 
tracted several families. From 1805 up to the war of 
1812 there were some five or six homes here which com- 
prised the whole of the village. About 1815 the first 
road was built from Cold Spring to Patterson across the 
county, passing from the river eastward, and running 
through much of the property of Adolph Philipse. At 
certain places toll gates were placed, the origin of that 
particular type of road designated a "turnpike," "turn- 
pike' ' being another name for tollgate . This road formed 
part of our present Main Street. It was used considera- 
bly for the transporting of produce from other parts of 
the country. In 1815 there was no manufacturing car- 
ried on within the limits of the town and the products 
from the growing farms found inconvenient markets. 

Early in the winter of 1816 a rumor was circulated 
that an iron foundry was to be established somewhere in 
this locality, for the making of cannon. At first the 
report gained little credence, as the small settlement on 
the banks of the river scarcely seemed prophetic of any- 
thing so great; but there appeared to be some basis for 
the news since it was understood that an industry was 
to be started near West Point for the fabricating of large 

We can to-day appreciate the great excitement which 
prevailed when the news came that a piece of property 
on the river, owned by Frederick Philipse, was being 
examined for the purpose of establishing the contem- 
plated works. A company was formed, consisting of 
Gouverneur Kemble, William Kemble, his brother, 

The Early Years in the History of Cold Spring 5 

William Young and others, which subsequently was in- 
corporated and known as the West Point Foundry Com- 
pany. A hundred and fifty acres of land were purchased 
and became, until this day, the site of the West Point 

The establishing of this industry in the summer of 
1817 was the greatest epoch in the history of Cold Spring. 
By the signing of the first contract for guns, July 17th, 
1820, an era of great prosperity was inaugurated, which 
lasted for many years, until amid the changes and 
chances of this changing world, circumstances brought 
its vicissitudes, and with them came a reversal of many 
years of affluence, through which the village passed. 

At the very outset of the locating of the foundry here, 
success began to smile upon the enterprise. Houses for 
operatives sprang up quickly with the result that, in the 
first year of the operation of the foundry, the local school 
had increased 200 per cent. 

Thus a prosperous village was reclaimed from the wild- 
erness about Cold Spring, though at first on somewhat 
circumscribed territory, since all the houses for the use 
of its employees were built by the West Point Foundry 
Company upon its own property. Some of these houses 
still remain in Furnace Street and elsewhere. These 
dwellings made a great change in the population of the 
village and were soon occupied. 

But even these houses soon proved inadequate for the 
rapid inflowing of people and presently one house after 
another appeared throughout the village, which grew 
phenomenally fast. In 1837 the decision was made to 
consolidate here some departments of the foundry which 
had been operated in New York. This determination 

6 St Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

increased the inhabitants of the place very largely, and 
made it a commercial and manufacturing center of con- 
siderable importance. Streets were cut through, 
churches were established, stores multiplied, and Cold 
Spring became an industrial hive, around which the vil- 
lage flourished and prospered, maintaining a steady 
growth, until in 1855 it had a population of 2,240, four 
churches, one district school, one seminary for young 
women, two attorneys, two physicians, one printing office, 
three hotels, ten stores, two clothing stores, two drug 
stores, a Masonic Lodge, one lumber and coal yard, and 
two feed and flour stores. 



IN 1814 the religious conditions of Philipstown were 
painfully limited. There were only two houses of 
worship in a township the largest in the county, 
twelve miles in length and eight in breadth, containing 
3,129 people. One of these was an Episcopal Church, 
erected at a place called Pleasant Valley, and the other, 
a Methodist, in a spot called "The Highland Village' ' on 
the Post Road from New York to Albany. The author 
of a narrative of the religious state of the county of West- 
chester, Putnam and Dutchess in the State of New York, 
1814, found in the theological library of Harvard College, 

The moral state of the people is deplorable. They 
hear but little preaching of any sort. A part of the 
Methodist circuit called the "Courtlandt Circuit" 
lies in this town, and of course a few neighborhoods 
have preaching by ministers of that denomination, 
once in two weeks. Several neighboring Baptist 
ministers visit the town occasionally, and preach at 
three different places, at each of which there is a 
small church, formed within a few years past, through 
their means. The number of professors in the three 
churches is about 100, without any settled minister at 
present, and also without any house of worship. The 
three places alluded to are Peekskill Hollow, Canopus 
Hollow and the "High Lands." The churches at 
present are in a very broken state. 
There is a tradition that the first religious meetings 

8 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

within the limits of the present village of Cold Spring 
were held in the house of Thomas Sutton, whose wife 
was a Methodist. This house stood near the popular 
home of F. P. James. It is generally supposed that these 
services were of the nature of cottage meetings of prayer 
and song, and did not consist of what would to-day be 
termed services. 

The commercial success of their venture did not blind 
the eyes of the owners of the foundry, who were men of 
strong religious convictions, to the spiritual needs and 
obligations of their employees. Provision was soon 
made for regular and systematically conducted services. 
The superintendent of the foundry at this time was 
William Young, a North of Ireland countryman, and a 
Presbyterian, liberal in his views. Under his direction 
a large room used as a pattern shop, over the boring mill, 
one of the original buildings of the foundry, was equipped 
for the purpose of holding services. These services were 
conducted jointly by members of the Episcopal, Presby- 
terian and Baptist Churches. The Methodists used a 
private house. Here, Sunday after Sunday, in an earn- 
est and beautiful spirit of love, unity and harmony, little 
gatherings of the faithful assembled, who were willing to 
make some effort and sacrifice for their religious privi- 
leges in days when they were not so easily obtained as 
now, and perhaps for that reason were often more appre- 
ciated. The approach to this upper room was by stairs 
running like Oriental buildings, outside, climbed by the 
faithful at the hour of prayer. 

Frequently these services, in the absence of an ordained 
clergyman would be conducted by Gouverneur Kemble, 
the president of the foundry, whose interest in the wel- 

Sf.? 7, 


It was in the upper part of one of these buildings that public services were 
first held in Cold Spring. From a pen and ink sketch made by Thomas K. 
Wharton, a friend of Gouverneur Kemble, in 1832, in a private journal, 
the property of the New York Public Library and printed here by 


The Church of the Upper Room 9 

fare of his men was one of his most notable character- 
istics. Once in three weeks the Rev. Mr. Owen, who 
had a charge in Patterson, Putnam County, came over 
and ministered to the Presbyterians, becoming a great 
favorite with the men. Elder Warren of the Baptist 
Church at Kent cared for the religious needs of the Bap- 
tists. Who shepherded the small flock of Episcopalians 
here at that time is not known, as even the services at 
Garrisons, where there was an organized mission, were 
held very irregularly. 

Thus the Church in Cold Spring, like the Holy Catho- 
lic Church throughout the world, started in an upper 
room, and in this upper room services were regularly 
carried on with a sincerity and a fervor which we can 
well believe pervaded the religious gatherings of those 



WITH the increase of population, which the seven 
years following the establishment of the foun- 
dry had witnessed, a steady and fervent desire 
arose in the minds of the thoughtful and religious for a 
house to be set apart for the exclusive worship of Al- 
mighty God. In 1825 this ardent wish began to assume 
a definite form. An appeal was circulated, calling for 
subscriptions to aid in the building of a sanctuary which 
should be free to all Protestant religious belief. The 
committee went at their task, which was a labor of love, 
vigorously, and with much consecration of spirit. By 
the following year the funds had been secured, a site 
selected, the building commenced, and in eighteen 
months a substantial structure of stone, with a cedar 
roof, was completed and still stands where it was placed, 
on a rocky promontory near the steamboat wharf now 
owned by the village, since passing through many igno- 
minious changes, much weatherbeaten, but proof to the 
storms of nearly a century. It is now one of the oldest 
buildings in Cold Spring, and is an enduring witness 
testifying to the energies and exertions of those strong 
minded, stout hearted Christian people of that time. 

Oliver Elwell, a carpenter and builder of considerable 
note, who erected the first buildings of the foundry, was 
the builder of this structure. His grand daughter, Miss 
Mary Briggs, still survives him, and is one of the most 


The first church building in Cold Spring, erected in 1826 

The Union Church 11 

devoted members of the Parish of St. Mary's in the 

At first it was intended to erect a frame structure. The 
huge beams and posts were contributed by different peo- 
ple interested in the enterprise, and the work of building 
had already begun when the plans were changed by the 
decision to build of more durable material. When this 
church was completed in 1826 there was no regular 
clergyman stationed here. At first the services consisted 
of prayer meetings and the reading of the liturgy of the 
Church of England. Occasionally sermons were de- 
livered by different clergymen whose names are not re- 
membered. Some of these were men who subsequently 
became conspicuous in their calling. Bishop Onderdonk 
of the Diocese of New York frequently visited the church, 
preaching, confirming and celebrating the Holy Com- 
munion. 1 

There is a tradition that Mass was celebrated for the 
Roman Communion in this same building as early as 
1830. But the place for holding it was not pleasing to 
the members of that church, and about this time Father 
O'Reilley, the priest in charge of congregations at New- 
burgh and Highland Falls, going to his Cures by boat, 
started a movement here for the erection of a church. 
Gouverneur Kemble was very much interested in the 
project, as a number of his operatives at the foundry be- 
longed to that communion. He chose and gave the site 
and selected, it is said, the plan of Tuscan architecture, 
helping in other ways to bring the effort for the building 
to a successful completion. On Sunday, September 21st, 

1 "In the afternoon, for the Parish of St. Mary's, preached in the Pres- 
byterian Meeting House, Cold Spring, Putnam County." 

From Convention Journal, 1841. 

12 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

1834, the church was consecrated, and it still stands to- 
day in a commanding position on the river's bank, in a 
lamentably neglected and demolished condition. 

In commenting upon Mr. Kemble's paternal super- 
intendence, while the construction of this building was 
in progress, the New York Mirror of November 8th, 
1834, makes this significant reference: 

It bears testimony to the liberal and philanthropic 
spirit which, overlooking the metaphysical require- 
ments of religion, resorts to its spirit and essence and 
recognizes all the worshippers of one Creator, and one 
Saviour of the world, as fellow Christians who, how- 
ever they may differ in modes and forms, look up to 
the same eternal source in this life and the life ever- 

The sacred vessels used for sacramental purposes in the 
Union Church on the river were a pewter communion 
service which is one of the treasured relics of those by- 
gone days. It is now owned by the Presbyterian 
Church, and was used by its members for many years 
until replaced by modern vessels of silver. It is said 
that the Rev. T. Dewitt Talmadge, a celebrated 
Brooklyn preacher of the Congregational Church, when 
a seminary student, sometimes officiated here. Among 
the different bodies of Christians using this early build- 
ing, (which never possessed any appropriate name), there 
would needs be some difference of opinion, which was re- 
flected at the time of its construction in a controversy as 
to what should be the form and design of the pulpit, a 
discussion happily brought to a peaceful settlement by 
the tact and skill of the builder. By a mutual agree- 
ment, the Presbyterians, being the most numerous, used 


The Union Church 13 

the building in the morning, and the other religious bodies 
in the afternoon. 

The arrangement of the use of one building by the con- 
gregations of the Episcopal, Presbyterian and Baptist 
churches continued for several years, but as these Chris- 
tian bodies grew and prospered, the plan of making use of 
one building had its disadvantages and caused a dissatis- 
faction, which, without any friction, or unpleasantness, led 
to the friendly determination to build separate buildings. 
The Baptists were the first to secede, erecting their 
church, at a cost of $800.00, in 1830 on the hill where it 
still stands, the ground being donated by Samuel Gouver- 
neur. No sooner were the Baptists fairly at work in 
their own church than the Methodists determined in 
1833 to erect their house of worship, which was sub- 
sequently bought and changed into the store now being 
occupied by John Y. Mekeel. 

The Dutch Reformed congregation was not organized 
nor their church built until many years later. 

In 1840 the Parish of St. Mary's in the Highlands was 
organized and incorporated, and the first church erected, 
which left the Presbyterians in sole possession of the 
Union Church property, to which they afterwards took 
title, when the deed was subsequently given for the prop- 
erty. Thus from a movement, small in numbers, but 
strong in faith, various churches of the village have been 
the out-growth. 



FOR a number of years before the founding of a 
parish of their own, members of the Episcopal 
Church here were indebted to the minister in 
charge of St. Philip's, Garrisons, for their Church privi- 
leges, whose care and oversight were united to his Cure. 
As early as 1835 services were conducted in Cold Spring 
by the Rev. Charles Lucke, who officiated at St. Philip's, 
Garrisons, and were continued the following year. The 
Rev. Henry L. Storrs, then stationed at Garrisons, (the 
name of the place for many years until changed to Garri- 
son Station by the Railroad Company), reported to the 
convention that he preached "every Sunday afternoon 
at Cold Spring, a village three miles from Philipstown, 
where it is confidently hoped, under God's divine bless- 
ing, a Church would soon be organized." 

This is the first mention, in the records of the Diocese 
of New York, of the maintaining of Church services in 
this village. The hope here expressed is not yet realized, 
for in the following year, Mr. Storrs again reported that 
unavoidable circumstances had prevented any arrange- 
ments being made for the organizing of a parish. Before 
the assembling of another convention, Mr. Storrs re- 
moved to Oneida County, and was succeeded by the Rev. 
Edward C. Bull, who mentions officiating at Cold Spring, 
where, he says, "there are some zealous Episcopalians, 
but as yet no regularly organized parish." 

Erected in 1841 

The First Church of St. Mary's in the Highlands 15 

The ministry of Mr. Bull in Philipstown was brief, and 
was followed by the Rev. Ebenezer Williams, who re- 
ports to the convention of 1839, "I officiate every Sunday 
afternoon at Cold Spring, where it is strongly anticipated 
that a neat and commodious Episcopal edifice will be 
erected in the course of the ensuing year." In anticipa- 
tion of this happy event, Mr. Williams further reports 
that two ladies, members of the Church, have provided 
a valuable surplice for the official duties of their minister. 

In this same year occurred the first visit of the Bishop 
of the Diocese, the Right Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, 
who writes, "In the afternoon, preached in the Presby- 
terian Church, Cold Spring, (reference is to the Union 
Church before spoken of), for a portion of the parish 
of St. Philip's, divine services being usually held there in 
the afternoon for the benefit of those parishioners who 
reside at Cold Spring." The tie thus created between 
St. Mary's, Cold Spring, and St. Philip's, Garrisons, be- 
fore the parishes became independent of each other, was 
obviously very close, which is shown in a list of sub- 
scribers to the Church at Garrisons by members of the 
Church here. On one of these lists, for the support of 
the joint rector of St. Philip's and St. Mary's, appears 
the names of Gouverneur Kemble, who gave $50.00, 
Robert P. Parrott, $25.00, William Kemble, $50.00, and 
John Uhl, $10.00. On another list the Cold Spring 
Foundry subscribers include Edward Foote, $15.00, 
Henry Peter, $2.00, Thomas Prince, $3.00, Henry 
Bartoll, $5.00, Charles Hazwell, $5.00, Theodore Foster, 
$2.00, Joseph Robertson, $2.00, and Daniel Robertson, 

In 1839 a second era in the history of Cold Spring 

16 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

occurred by the placing of a contract by the West Point 
Foundry Company for fifty houses. The building and 
occupancy of these houses brought a large number of 
families, in which were many operatives of English birth, 
and consequently many members of the Church of Eng- 
land. The imperative need of the founding of an Epis- 
copal Church was soon apparent and steps were imme- 
diately taken for its accomplishment. 

On the 29th day of July, 1839, a meeting was held at 
the Methodist Church for the purpose of organizing the 
parish of St. Mary's in the Highlands. At that meeting 
the Rev. Ebenezer Williams presided. There were 
present Messrs. Gouverneur Kemble and Robert P. 
Parrott (who were chosen wardens), H. Cassimir De 
Rham, Cornelius Warren, Emerson Foote, William 
Kemble, W. A. Spooner, B. H. Bartow, Samuel Browning 
and John Uhl (being elected vestrymen). Monday in 
Easter Week was fixed upon as a day in which the officers 
of church wardens and vestrymen should annually be 

The corporate name or title of the Church was fixed 
on and agreed to be known hereafter in law as the Rec- 
tor, Church Wardens and Vestrymen of the Church of 
St. Mary's in the Highlands. Among the records of the 
Church, which have been happily preserved, is the follow- 
ing letter from the Rev. Ebenezer Williams. He writes 
suggesting a name for the newly organized parish, which 
was adopted. 

March 26, 1840. 
My dear and respected Sir: — 

During the stay of my kind and hospitable friends 
of Cold Spring at Washington, I have no doubt but 
their warm interest will be expressed respecting the 

The First Church of St. Mary's in the Highlands 17 

erection of our church at this place, and into which 
interest I most heartily hope and pray you will par- 
ticipate. A wider opening and a louder call for build- 
ing an Episcopal Church is scarcely known. Under 
the benign influence of God's Holy Spirit every indi- 
vidual will be most amply rewarded for whatever 
trouble or expense he may enter in this very best of 
causes. I have never known a name to be given to 
this intended church. A vestry will be elected, prob- 
ably before your return to this neighborhood. I 
wish to nominate it, but not without your approba- 
tion. Therefore, while Mr. and Mrs. Parrott and 
yourself are together let this be decided. I should 
like to call it St. Mary's, but any name you give it 
will of course please me. And my dear Sir, allow me 
simply but sincerely to wish you God's blessing. 

Trusting you will soon be at Cold Spring, I remain 
your respected and humble servant, 

Ebenezer Williams. 
To the Hon. Gov. Kemble, 
Washington, D. C. 

While it cannot be absolutely proved that the name 
of Mary Parrott, the saintly wife of one of its first be- 
loved wardens, suggested to Mr. Williams the name of 
the Church, yet it is a very likely and reasonable supposi- 
tion. It was always believed that it was she who pro- 
vided the money for the building of this church. 

The parish of St. Mary's in the Highlands was duly 
incorporated June 19, 1840, which was an ever memora- 
ble year in the history of the parish. After its incorpora- 
tion it was duly received into union with the conven- 
tion of the diocese and its first parochial report appears 
in the journal, presented by Mr. Williams, who states 
that he had performed twenty-one baptisms, celebrated 
two marriages, officiated at seven burials, and prepared 

18 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

two candidates for confirmation. At this time the list 
of communicants amounted to eleven persons. 

The long delayed project for the building of the church 
was revived and put vigorously in motion, and on Tues- 
day afternoon, June 30, 1840, Bishop Onderdonk laid 
the cornerstone of the new church, after having delivered 
a sermon appropriate to the occasion. 

The following year, Mr. Williams reported thirteen 
communicants. Services were still being held in the old 
Union Church building, while the new church was quietly 
but steadily rising from its foundation. For some reason 
that particular year was one filled with much sickness, 
for twenty -five burials are reported, and the rector makes 
reference to the existing ravages of sickness and death. 
He also deplores the removal of some of the most valuable 
friends and supporters of the Church, which has seemed 
to cast a gloom on its temporal prospects. In a spiritual 
way. however, the outlook was encouraging. Mr. 
Williams commented on the increased attachment to 
Church principles, a regularity of attendance, a growth 
in numbers, and notes a gratifying attention to the 
liturgy and preaching. 

At the end of the year 1841 many desires were grati- 
fied and many hearts were cheered when the new church 
was completed. Mr. Williams describes some of the 
features of it in his report to the convention. "It 
stood/' he says, "in a delightful grove in the centre of 
the growing village of Cold Spring, which eventually 
became the chief business section." And he further 
states, "It was a beautiful, brick, Gothic edifice, twenty- 
eight and one-half feet wide by forty -five feet long, with 
a tower and a bell weighing 910 pounds." He adds that 


The First Church of St. Mary's in the Highlands 19 

it was extremely neat in all its arrangements; the reading 
desk was supplied with a handsome Bible and Prayer- 
book, the altar and chancel furnished in good keeping 
with the building generally. 

On November 16, 1841, the first Church of St. Mary's 
in the Highlands was consecrated to the worship of Al- 
mighty God by Bishop Benjamin Tread well Onderdonk, 
a connection by marriage, of the author, a service 
having been conducted in the Church a few days 
before by Mr. Williams. At the time of its consecra- 
tion one person was confirmed. In Bishop Onderdonk's 
report to the convention is the following minute, 
"November 16, 1841, consecrated St. Mary's Church, 
Cold Spring. The instrument of donation was presented 
to the Bishop by Gouverneur Kemble. The sen- 
tence of consecration was read by Rev. John Brown, 
rector of St. George's Church, Newburgh. The sermon 
was preached by the Bishop. The clergymen attending 
were the Rev. Moses Marcey, rector of St. Peter's 
Church, Peekskill, the Rev. Freeman Clarkson, rector 
of St. Anna's Church, Fishkill." 

In 1842, because of the termination of Mr. Williams' 
connection with St. Philip's, Garrisons, he became the 
first resident rector of St. Mary's in the Highlands, and 
devoted his entire time to the shepherding of his flock. 
Under his ministration the parish grew and prospered, 
its borders were extended, its communicant list greatly 
increased, two services were held every Sunday and a 
monthly celebration of the Holy Communion was insti- 
tuted. There were at this time 171 dwellings and 1,250 
people in Cold Spring. Mr. Williams notes also that 
among his congregation are to be found many persons, 

20 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

who two or three years ago, were entire strangers to the 
Church, but are now her friends and supporters. 

This first Church of St. Mary's continued to serve the 
congregation for about twenty-five years, but the parish 
grew with phenomenal rapidity and the church became 
overcrowded. The children attending the services had 
to be seated on the communion rail cushion, and on 
Sundays, when the Holy Communion was celebrated, 
they were placed in the gallery in seats by the choir, the 
organ being in the rear of the church, as was usual in 
those days. In order to increase the seating capacity 
of the church, it was suggested that transepts might be 

In a letter written to Gouverneur Kemble at this time 
by his sister, mention is made of this proposition: "We 
are beginning," she writes, "to discuss the alteration of 
the church. It is proposed to make it cruciform, which 
will give a good deal of room and be handsome." "I 
wish," she says further, "but I fear my wishes will not 
be granted." Her wishes were not granted, for the 
church was not enlarged, but something better came later 
in the building of a new church. 

There are many to-day who can testify to Mr. 
Williams' description of this beautiful, brick, Gothic 
edifice, which was strongly endeared to the members of 
the parish of those early days. Many happy moments 
were spent carrying on the Church work of that time, 
amid the enjoyment of all the blessed privileges this first 
parish Church gave. While there were not as many 
forms and ways of parochial activities then as now, still 
there were many, and they were loyally and faithfully 
cared for by the early members of St. Mary's. 


Bishop of New York 

Consecrator of the First Church of St. Mary's in the Highlands 

The First Church of St. Mary's in the Highlands 21 

One of the rectors of those bygone days of the parish 
writes of the interesting establishment of a sewing school, 
the first, with one possible exception, in this state. It 
had seventy pupils and was open to anyone caring to 
attend it and obtain its benefits. 

When in the course of events, the time came for the 
removal of the congregation to a more commodious 
structure, the need of which had become apparent, the 
old church so long the shrine of St. Mary's, was closed 
and remained so until 1882, when it was sold for $50.00 
to William H. Ladue, who subsequently demolished the 
building and removed all the materials except those 
taken by devoted parishioners and treasured as souvenirs. 

Some of the bricks are doing service as a walk in the 
yard of Mrs. Ann Cunningham. Some of the window 
glass is providing light for the home of Mrs. Samuel D. 
Pierce. Part of the blinds of the tower are now owned 
by Mrs. William H. Ladue. 

The steeple, which was originally part of the church, 
had been removed some years before, having been 
rendered unsafe by a violent wind storm. (Two of the 
pinnacles that adorned it are serving as markers on the 
Riverside Park property of the village.) 

The organ was taken to the new church. The font 
(and it is believed the pulpit) were stored for a number of 
years in one of the barns of the West Point Foundry 
Company. Some little time ago they were acquired by 
a resident of Nelsonville, being subsequently destroyed 
by fire. The font was of wood, with a marble bowl in- 
serted. The bell, of which Mr. Williams wrote, which 
had so often announced to the faithful the hour of prayer, 
calling them to their sacred duties, was removed to the 

22 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

West Point Foundry, and passed into oblivion in one of 
the crucibles there, perhaps entering into the construc- 
tion of a weapon to serve in the fighting of a war for free- 

Many of the furnishings of the old church were donated 
to a little mission chapel at Kent Cliffs, Putnam County, 
and are still in use in one of the missionary life-saving 
stations of the diocese nearby. So has St. Mary's been 
letting her light shine beyond the boundaries of her 
parochial territory. On July 29th, 1882, while Mr. 
Ladue's workmen were engaged in removing the old 
church, they found the cornerstone that had been hidden 
for forty-two years. It was a copper box, six by six and 
one-half inches. Among the papers found in it, in a de- 
cayed and tarnished state, were the New York Herald 
of May 6th, 1841, the New York Inquirer, the West- 
chester and Putnam Democrat and the New York Ameri- 
can of current date, the statement of the legal name of 
the Church and the list of the first wardens and vestry- 



DURING the years of the Civil War and for some 
time afterwards, Cold Spring reached the zenith 
of its size and prosperity. A special type of 
gun invented by R. P. Parrott, the junior warden of St. 
Mary's, was accepted by the government, and was used 
extensively in the war. The gun was made here in vast 
numbers and brought an unprecedented expansion of 
business to the foundry, increasing very materially the 
number of operatives employed there. Many of these men 
were of the English type of mechanic, of good ancestry, 
and in many cases of good Churchmanship. The great 
growth of business at the foundry was consequently re- 
flected throughout the whole village, and the Church 
naturally came in for its share. 

The members of the Episcopal Church increased so 
much in numbers, that the congregations became too 
large for the old church. Under these circumstances, 
and realizing the situation, Robert P. Parrott, who took 
a keen, conscientious interest in all things pertaining to 
the good of the community and the welfare of his men, 
wrote to the vestry of St. Mary's the following letter, 
which, in a beautiful spirit, shows a deep sense of his 
Christian stewardship, offering to present a site for a 
new church and to further aid in the building of it: 

Cold Spring, Sept. 17, 1867. 
To the Vestry of St. Mary's Church:— 

24 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

In the belief that the interest of our parish will be 
greatly promoted by the erection of a new and more 
convenient church edifice, I offer for the purpose the 
lot exactly as now enclosed, bounded on three sides 
by Main, Chestnut and Wall Street, it being under- 
stood that a school building and a rectory may here- 
after be also placed there at the option of the vestry. 
Causes which may not be here explained, have de- 
layed the commencement of the church until this 
season, but plans of a building have been prepared by 
Mr. Harney and estimates have been procured. 
Many persons of good judgment and taste have been 
pleased with the building as proposed by Mr. Harney 
and in my own opinion it is as well chosen as any 
which we could select within the costs which we 
should be justified in incurring. In order that time, 
indispensible for such work might not be lost, I have 
on my own responsibility directed Mr. S. Ferris to go 
on getting out stone, intending that the cost of that 
material delivered on the ground should be part of 
my own subscription toward the building. The esti- 
mates received appear very high and probably no 
one would enter into a contract except upon rates as 
high or higher than those lately prevailing for labor 
and material. The result of my inquiry is to lead 
me to believe that if strict stipulations are made as 
to the time when the building shall be up and roof 
in and of entire completion, paying monthly bills 
for work done and providing for a sufficient superin- 
tendent, we can do better than to make a regular 
contract. In respect to the supply of funds for carry- 
ing forward the building, I can say that with the sub- 
scriptions of Mr. Gouverneur Kemble and Mr. G. 
Paulding and my own, we shall be fully justified in 
going on with the church. It is, however, to be de- 
sired that all who have a disposition to aid in any de- 
gree whatever, according to their means should have 

The Second Church of St. Mary's in the Highlands 25 

the opportunity of contributing to that which I can- 
not doubt will be an ever increasing blessing to our- 
selves as well as those who come after. This, how- 
ever, with other matters of detail can be settled at a 
future time. Should it be acceptable to the Vestry, 
I will further agree to erect the church according to 
the plans and specifications of Mr. Harney with the 
aid of the contributions above alluded to and such 
others as may come in. 

(signed) Very respectfully, 

For the consideration of Robert P. Parrott's offer a 
meeting of the vestry was immediately called to be held 
at the office of the West Point Foundry June 17th, 1867. 
At that meeting the following persons were present : Gouv- 
erneur Kemble, Robert P. Parrott, Gouverneur Paulding, 
George E. Harney, Alexander Hamilton, John Taylor, 
Mathias McCaffery, John Wilde and Albert Amerman. 
Gouverneur Kemble presided. Albert Amerman was 
appointed secretary. A communication from Robert 
P. Parrott, relating to a new church edifice and lot, was 
read, which, on motion, was accepted. 

It was at once moved and carried that the lot pre- 
sented to the vestry be accepted. A further resolution 
was adopted that the offer of Robert P. Parrott to erect 
the church be accepted and that a committee consisting 
of Gouverneur Kemble, Dr. F. D. Lente, George E. 
Harney and Albert Amerman, be appointed to confer 
with Robert P. Parrott to make arrangements for laying 
the cornerstone, for collecting subscriptions of those 
disposed to contribute, and to act generally as a building 
committee. The meeting then adjourned. 

After Robert P. Parrott's suggestion and propositions 
for the building of a new church had been accepted, the 

26 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

vestry began in earnest to carry them into effect. George 
E. Harney was instructed to draw plans and submit 
them. These were soon completed, offered and accepted, 
and the construction of the building commenced. It was 
one of Mr. Harney's first important buildings, and 
the beauty of it, when completed, did much to establish 
his reputation. The site chosen was then a large, open, 
treeless space, somewhat hilly, composed largely of stones 
and gravel, about three acres in extent, a desolate and 
hopeless looking piece of ground. But Mr. Parrott 
visualized its wonderful possibilities. It was afterwards 
graded, with much skill, trees were planted, which have 
since become very beautiful, grass was sown, paths and 
roads were laid out, and, with recent improvements, this 
piece of ground and its buildings have become in many 
respects the most beautiful piece of church property along 
the Hudson River, if not in the diocese of New York. 
Bishop Horatio Potter often commented upon its beauty. 
Automobile parties passing through the village frequent- 
ly stop to survey and admire the grounds, often seeking 
from one of its caretakers some information about the 
history of the property. 

In the latter part of 1867 work was begun on the second 
edifice of St. Mary's. In addition to Robert P. Parrott's 
generous offer of the site and his additional contribution 
for the erection of the church, there were others who are 
known to have given largely toward its erection, among 
them being Gouverneur Kemble, Gouverneur Paulding 
and F. P. James. 

Robert P. Parrott's portion was said to have been in- 
spired as a thank offering for the close of the Rebellion. 
There were undoubtedly others whose names have not 

The Second Church of St. Mary's in the Highlands %7 

been recorded, but are known of God The church was 
built by day's work, under the supervision of Sylvenus 
Ferris, of whom the architect spoke as a "clever builder 
of Cold Spring." A general and supplementary over- 
sight was carefully, willingly, faithfully and devotedly 
given by Commodore R. B. Hitchcock of the United 
States Navy, who was at that time residing in Cold 
Spring, and whose loving and unwearied diligence in 
superintending the construction of the church, is wit- 
nessed, even to this day, by the excellent condition of the 
fabric of the building put together over fifty years ago. 
No labor or expense was spared to make it the most 
beautiful gift possible. No opportunity was lost to in- 
sure what was to the glory of God being most perfect in 
workmanship. All the bills of indebtedness were paid 
monthly and the building was completed free of debt 
within a year of the laying of the cornerstone. 

The present noble structure of St. Mary's in the 
Highlands is built out of grey granite, given from the 
estate of F. P. James. Many of the stones are massive 
and perfect in their proportions. The graceful spire 
rising to a height of 128 feet, which can be seen far and 
wide throughout the Highlands, pointing the way, and 
bearing its message to that higher life beyond the skies, 
rests upon a foundation composed of sixteen feet of solid 
masonry. This foundation comprises a thousand loads 
of stone, resting upon solid rock. The shape of the build- 
ing is cruciform, Its extreme length is one hundred 
feet, the breadth at the transepts is sixty-eight feet, and 
that of the Nave and Choir thirty feet. The roof is 
forty feet high and is of timber, beautifully proportioned. 
The panelled wainscoting and handsome furniture are of 

28 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

the finest kind of black walnut and the substantial pews 
of comfortable design, are of the same wood. So far, 
because no doubt of its excellent lightning rod equip- 
ment, the church has escaped damage from the many 
severe storms so common in the Highlands. 

So strenuously was the work of building the new St. 
Mary's pushed, that it was not long before it rose above 
its foundations and the time came for the laying of the 
cornerstone. This had been planned for July 5th, 1868, 
but rain caused the postponement until the following 
day. The Bishop of the diocese, the Right Rev. Horatio 
Potter, D. D., was met in the sacristy of the old church 
by the rector, the Rev. Mytton Maury, the Rev. W. K. 
Thomas of Poughkeepsie, the Rev. Robert Shaw, a 
former rector, Rev. George B. Reese, rector of Zion 
Church, Greenburgh, Rev. John R. Livingston, rector 
of Trinity Church, FishkilL Rev. M. M. Wells, rector of 
Church of Holy Innocents, Highland Falls, and the Rev. 
E. M. Rodman, rector of St. Peter's, Peekskill. This 
large assemblage of clergy testified to the special interest 
of the occasion. Bishop Potter and the attending clergy, 
in vestments, were escorted by the wardens, Gouver- 
neur Kemble and Robert P. Parrott, who led the impos- 
ing procession. The Bishop preached from the words 
"In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy 
Ghost." In the midst of the address the aged former 
rector, the Rev. Robert Shaw, was so overcome by the 
oppressive heat that he had to be taken away from the 
ceremonies. Bishop Potter, as he saw Mr. Shaw's 
trembling form withdrawing from the scene, gracefully 
and tactfully alluded to the incident as due to the effect 
of the overwhelming joy of the old rector who had lived 


The Second Church of St. Mary's in the Highlands 29 

to see a second church being built for the parish. After 
the services the Bishop, clergy and invited guests were 
entertained at the residence of Robert P. Parrott. 

Following the laying of the cornerstone the construc- 
tion of the building went on without interruption. As 
it grew more and more towards completion the interest 
and pride of the whole village grew with it, as its progress 
was watched by an admiring people attested to by com- 
ments that were made from time to time as new parts of 
the great structure appeared. These comments would 
bear upon some portion of the building, the walls or the 
roof, and when the spire was completed, it caused an en- 
thusiastic admiration and much excitement, nothing 
having been seen like it anywhere in this part of the 
world. When the time came to complete the spire, which 
is one of the parts of the church most conspicuous and 
admired for its symmetry and grace, the natural figure 
to surmount it would be a cross, that might tell out its 
good tidings of redemption, being proclaimed within the 
walls of the temple it overshadows. There was some 
discussion as to what should be the design of this steeple 
cross. Gouverneur Kemble, the senior warden at that 
time, with his strong feelings, persisted in having a cross 
of special design made to satisfy his wishes. The spire 
cross, which is five feet high, as well as all the outside 
metal work of the church, were drawn by George E. 
Harney, the architect, and were fabricated in the West 
Point Foundry. 

At length the consummation of this splendid effort 
was fulfilled and the time came for the consecration of 
the second Church of St. Mary's. 

In the Church Journal of July 22, 1869, among the 

30 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

parochial reports appears this notice : 

The consecration of St. Mary's Church will take 
place Thursday, July 23, at 10:30. 

In accordance with this notice the consecration ser- 
vice took place as planned. 

No more imposing ceremonies had ever occurred in 
the village. "On the morning of that day the clear tones 
of the great bell in the tower, weighing 1,100 pounds, 
rung for the first time by Alexander J. Caux and made by 
Meneely and Company of Troy, the supposed gift of the 
wardens of the parish, broke the stillness of the air and 
sounded forth over the village, summoning many wor- 
shippers to the noble structure which has since been the 
spiritual home of the people of St. Mary's. This inspir- 
ing edifice, a triumph of architectural skill and good 
workmanship, was crowded to overflowing by an inter- 
ested congregation, long before the commencement of 
the service. 

On this memorable occasion Bishop Horatio Potter 
was present. The sermon was delivered by the Rev. 
Dr. Swope of Trinity Parish, New York. The service 
was choral, sweetly and devoutly rendered by the choir 
of those days. To this service the Bishop made refer- 
ence later in the following report to the convention of 
that year: "Thursday, July 23rd, in Cold Spring, Putnam 
County, I consecrated the new and beautiful Church of 
St. Mary's in the Highlands." 

When the church was completed and opened for ser- 
vices, the pews were rented for the first time and assigned 
to pewholders, and every pew was occupied except a few 
free pews reserved at the end of the nave, an evidence of 
the prosperous condition of the parish in those days. In- 


Bishop of New York 
Consecrator of the Second Church of St. Marv's in the Highlands 

The Second Church of St Mary's in the Highlands 31 

deed, so crowded was the church in the first years of its 
existence, that there were some misgivings as to whether 
it had been built large enough. 

"Hac tempora mutantur." 

The cost of this remarkable building remained a mys- 
tery for many years, for those who were chiefly con- 
cerned with providing the money to build it, did so with 
that true Christian feeling which marked their giving, 
having no desire to publish their good deeds, and who 
never allowed the amount spent to be revealed. But 
an accidental disclosure of its cost has recently been made 
by the finding of all the accounts and other papers con- 
nected with it, which had carefully been kept and treas- 
ured, evidently by Robert P.Parrott. When these items 
of expense are combined, they disclose the cost of the 
present church, by including its interior furnishings and 
equipment, to have been about $70,000.00. It would be 
very easy to form some idea of what its value is now. 
As a matter of interest, and for the purpose of record 
some of the items of cost are here given in detail. 

Labor, $32,000.00. (It is interesting to compare the 
wages then given, though it was just after the war, with 
those which prevailed before the abnormal conditions 
now existing. The highest wages paid to carpenters was 
$3.00 and masons received from $3.00 to $4.00, according 
to their ability.) 

Materials $19,764.00; Slate for roof $1,597.00; glass 
$3,388.00; tiles, $700.00; bell $477.00; cushions and 
hassocks $980.00; chancel furniture (which were made by 
J, and R. Lamb) $2,223.00; painting $1,416.00. 

On July 22nd, 1868, Robert P. Parrott conveyed by 
deed to the Church the site on which it stands, for the 

32 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

sole use and purpose of a Church and for no other uses 
or purposes whatsoever, except a rectory or school house 
and with the further restriction that no portion of these 
grounds can be sold, mortgaged or leased. 

In presenting to the parish the site on which the present 
church stands, Mr. Parrott intended to give back in part 
payment to the Gouverneur estate the lot on which the 
first church stood, which had been conveyed by Samuel 
Gouverneur to the wardens and vestry of St. Mary's, 
October 2nd, 1840. In order that this might be done it 
was necessary to obtain consent from the vestry to make 
this transfer by deed of the old church property. In 
order to make that possible, action was taken by the 
vestry on April 26th, 1878, to obtain the consent of 
the Bishop and standing committee of the diocese for 
the conveyance of the property. This prepared the way 
for the consummation of these proceedings. On July 8th, 
1893, this property was, by order of the Supreme Court, 
sold to the executors of the R. P. Parrott estate, subse- 
quently passing into other ownership, and now covered 
in part by places of business. 


In the name of God, Amen: 

Whereas, the Rector, Church Wardens and Vestry- 
men of St. Mary's Church in the Highlands, in the 
Village of Cold Spring, County of Putnam, and 
State of New York, have by an instrument this day, 
presented to me appointed and devoted, a house of 
public worship, erected by them in said Village, to 
the worship and service of Almighty God, the Father, 
the Son and the Holy Ghost, according to the pro- 
vision of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the 
United States of America, in its ministry, doctrines, 

.'], f^nuttiiilr^-~:J k > 


The Second Church of St. Mary's in the Highlands 33 

liturgy, rites and usages, and by a congregation in 
unity with said Church, and in union with the Con- 
vention thereof in the Dioceses of New York, 

and Whereas, the same Rector, Church Wardens 
and Vestrymen have by the same instrument re- 
quested me to take their said House of worship under 
my spiritual jurisdiction as Bishop of the Diocese of 
New York and that of my successors in office, and to 
consecrate it by the name of St. Mary's-in-the- 
Highlands, and thereby separate it from all unto- 
ward, worldly and common uses, and solemnly dedi- 
cate it to the Holy purposes above mentioned. 

Now therefore know all men by these presents that 
I, Horatio Potter, D.D., D. C. L. Oxon, by divine 
permission Bishop of the Diocese of New York, act- 
ing under the protection of Almighty God, have on 
this 23rd day of July, being the Thursday after the 
Sixth Sunday after Trinity, in the year of our Lord, 
1868, taken the above mentioned house of worship 
under my spiritual jurisdiction, as Bishop aforesaid 
and that of my successors in office, and in presence of 
diverse of the clergy and a public congregation there- 
in assembled, and according to the form subscribed 
by the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United 
States of America, have consecrated the same by the 
name of St. Mary's Church in the Highlands, and I 
do hereby pronounce and declare that the Said St. 
Mary's Church in the Highlands is consecrated ac- 
cordingly, and thereby separated henceforth from all 
unhallowed, worldly and common uses and dedicated 
to the worship and service of Almighty God, the 
Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, for reading and 
preaching His holy Word, for celebrating His holy 
Sacraments, for offering to His glorious majesty the 
sacrifices of prayer, praise and thanksgiving, for 
blessing His people in His name, and for the perform- 
ance of all other holy offices agreeably to the terms of 

34 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

the covenant of Grace and salvation in our Lord and 
Saviour, Jesus Christ, and according to the provisions 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United 
States of America, in its ministry, doctrines, liturgy, 
rites and usages. 

In testimony whereof, I have hereto affixed my seal 
and signature in Cold Spring, on the day and in the 
year above written, and in the fourteenth year of my 

Horatio Potter, 

Bishop of New York. 
July 23, 1868. 



First Rector of St. Mary's in the Highlands 

1839 to 1844 



AFTER the founding and incorporating of the 
Parish of St. Mary's in the Highlands the Rev, 
Ebenezer Williams became its first rector, serv- 
ing the church here jointly with St. Philip's, Garrisons. 
Under his devoted care the church grew and prospered. 
On June 30th, 1843, Mr. Williams resigned his charges 
and entered upon missionary work in the Far West, where 
he accomplished telling results, building churches and 
establishing missionary centres. In 1870 he retired 
from the active ministry and died at Ogden, Iowa, 
December 10th, 1878. 

In August, 1843, the Rev. Robert Shaw was called to 
the vacant rectorships of St. Philip's, Garrisons, and St. 
Mary's, Cold Spring, at a salary of $300.00 per annum 
given by the former parish, the rest of the stipend being 
furnished by St. Mary's. By this time the arrangement 
by which the minister in charge of St. Philip's divided 
his interests between Garrisons and Cold Spring, pro- 
duced a rivalry which in the course of events was to be 
expected, and which was further aggravated by the de- 
cision of Mr. Shaw to make his residence here. His asso- 
ciation with St. Philip's terminated in 1860, but he con- 
tinued to minister in Cold Spring for several years 3 and 
eventually removed to Canada, where he died. 

"Dominie Shaw," as he was usually called, was a some- 
what unique personality. He was of Scotch descent, 

36 St Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

possessing strong Southern tendencies. He is described 
by those who knew him as a tall, thin type of man, of 
decided views and strong opinions. As illustrative of 
his somewhat peculiar disposition, the story is told of an 
occasion, when the sewing society of the church, wishing 
to show some regard for their rector, made with their 
own hands a linen shirt, of the very finest texture. In- 
stead of the gift being received in the affectionate spirit 
in which it was tendered, it caused much offence to the 
recipient who mistakingly interpreted it as suggestive of 
his need. However, when the matter was explained, it 
all ended happily. 

But combined with the peculiarities of his tempera- 
ment, his feeling of charity for the poor and suffering 
was a notable feature of his character. He was known 
to have used money he had saved for some necessary 
purchase to buy a winter garment for someone who 
needed it more than he did. Mr. Shaw, while the rector 
here, lived on the meagre salary of $600.00. He occupied 
a small cottage on Paulding Avenue, which he owned, 
and which was subsequently sold to James H. Haldane 
for $6,500.00, Mr. Shaw demanding his payment in gold. 

The Rev. Robert Shaw was succeeded in the spring of 
1861 by Charles W. Morrill, who, coming here as a dea- 
con, was ordained priest of the parish by Bishop Horatio 
Potter on St. Luke's Day, October 23rd, 1861. Mr. 
Morrill was a man of considerable force and ability. 
During the four years of his ministry the parish increased 
considerably, eighty persons being added to the com- 
municant list. Mr. Morrill, in his parochial report, 
writes, "A new and larger parish church is sorely needed." 
In 1865 he removed to New York and founded St. Alban's 

Rector 1861 to 1865 

The Rectors of St. Mary's in the Highlands 37 

Parish, famous as the most ritualistic parish of its day. 
He died July 15th, 1891. 

The Rev. Mytton Maury followed Mr. Morrill, be- 
ginning his ministry here in 1865. He was suggested to 
the vestry by the late Dr. John T. Metcalfe, a popular 
physician of New York of that time, and who by a curious 
coincidence many years after, made his residence in Cold 
Spring. Like his predecessor, Mr. Maury came as a 
deacon and was ordained to the priesthood soon after 
assuming charge of the church. It was during his minis- 
try that the parish outgrew the old church, and the 
present building was erected, a magnificent monument 
to the liberality and devotion of the people of those days. 
Mr. Maury continued his work here until 1871, when he 
was called to St. James' Church, Fordham, and subse- 
quently filled charges at St. Mark's Church, Tarrytown, 
St. James' Church, Goshen, St. Matthew's Church, 
Moravia, and St. John's Church, Rockland County. He 
was educated at Columbia University and the Berkeley 
Divinity School, and held degrees from those institutions 
and from the University of New York. He died August 
4, 1919. Dr. Maury was well known as a Hebrew scholar 
and for many years edited a geography that at one time 
was widely used. 

The Rev. Mytton Maury was followed in the rector- 
ship by Charles Carroll Parsons, in many respects one 
of the most beloved and admired of St. Mary's rectors. 
He entered upon his duties Whitsunday, 1872. and was 
instituted the following July, but he had a short minis- 
try of only two years. Mr. Parsons was a native of 
Ohio. He entered the West Point Military Academy 
in 1858 and graduated in 1861, the need of the service 

38 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

cutting short his course to three years. After his gradu- 
ation he was appointed to the Fourth Artillery. During 
the war he was engaged in the Battle of Perry ville and 
was brevetted for gallant service. Subsequent to the 
war he was stationed at West Point as an instructor. 
Shortly after this he resigned from the army and entered 
the ministry of the Episcopal Church. 

There are many to-day who remember that he was 
with difficulty dissuaded from resigning his charge soon 
after coming here that he might, in a spirit of Christian 
heroism, go and minister to the stricken people of Mem- 
phis while the epidemic of yellow fever was raging there. 
At the outbreak of a second epidemic this same heroic 
desire again moved him, to which he yielded. On July 
1st, 1874, Mr. Parsons presented his letter of resignation 
in the following words : 

To the Hon. R. P. Parrott, Junior Warden of St. 

Mary's in the Highlands: 
My Dear Mr. Parrott, 

I beg leave to submit to the vestry of this parish 
my resignation as rector. In doing so I desire to 
thank you and the gentlemen associated with you 
for that strong mark of confidence which first called 
me to minister among you, and for the uniform cour- 
tesy and exceeding kindness which have character- 
ized your indulgent relations with me. 
I am, 

Ever faithfully, 

(Signed) Charles Carroll Parsons. 

The vestry accepted Mr. Parson's resignation with 
the unanimous expression of regret and their kindest 
wishes for his future welfare. Shortly after this, in 1876, 
he became rector of Grace Church, Memphis, and died 

Rector 1865 to 1871 

The Rectors of St. Mary's in the Highlands 39 

there from nursing yellow fever patients, September 7th, 
1878, passing from the church Militant to the church 
triumphant a noble soldier and a Christian martyr. The 
Rev. Isaac Van Winkle, who succeeded Mr. Parsons as 
rector of St. Mary's in the Highlands, paid to him the 
following tribute: 

As we recall him now, the brave soldier, the earnest 
priest, we can but think that no death could have 
been more fit, none more acceptable to him, who ever 
sought faithfully to know and fulfil his duty. We 
can gladly think of him in Paradise and enfolded in 
that holy care, though we would fain follow him 
with tears and love and prayers. 

"Thy will be done for thou are just; 

To Thee we leave him Lord in trust; 

And bless Thee for the Love which gave 

Thy Son to fill a human grave, 

That none might fear that world to see 

Where all are living unto Thee." 

The Rev. Isaac Van Winkle was recommended to the 
vestry by the committee chosen to find a successor to 
Mr. Parsons, which consisted of Robert P. Parrott, 
Gouverneur Paulding, F. P. James and Albert Amer- 
man. He was unanimously elected rector on the motion 
of William Young, seconded by Albert Amerman, and 
assumed charge of the parish on the last Sunday in 
August, 1874. Mr. Van Winkle accepted the Rector- 
ship in the following letter: 

25 West 9th St., New York, 

Aug. 24th, 1874. 
To the Hon. Robert P. Parrott, Warden of St. 

Mary's in the Highlands. 
My dear Sir, 

I received from you this morning the official notice 

40 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

of my election to the Rectorship of the Parish of St. 
Mary's in the Highlands, Cold Spring. In signifying 
through you to the Vestry my acceptance of the im- 
portant and sacred responsibility that you have im- 
posed upon me, I must express to you how gratefully 
I recognize in the call your unanimity of feeling and 
action, and how assuring has been the universal kind- 
ness manifested to me in my brief visits among you. 
It will ever be my earnest endeavor to minister 
among you faithfully, as God shall give me the abili- 
ty, and I pray the great Head of the Church to bless 
us in our mutual labors for Him. With the assurance 
of my sincere regard to the gentlemen of the Vestry, 
I am yours faithfully, 

(Signed) Isaac Van Winkle. 

Mr. Van Winkle labored here with faithfulness and 
devotion for seventeen years, many of which were years 
of great stress and strain, as through those years, because 
of declining work at the foundry, and many removals of 
strong families, the church went through a period of great 
depression, but Mr. Van Winkle stuck like a soldier to 
his post and with the help of his faithful parishioners 
steered the parochial ship through perilous waters. 

Isaac Van Winkle was born in New York in 1846. In 
1865 he was graduated from Columbia College and from 
the General Theological Seminary in 1869. His first 
appointment was to the chair of mathematics at St. 
Stephen's College, Annandale. In 1870 he was ordained 
to the priesthood, and in 1871 resigned his professorship, 
owing to ill health. Shortly after that he went to Europe, 
where he remained until 1874, when, upon his return, he 
became rector of this parish. In the spring of 1891, Mr. 
Van Winkle resigned his rectorship in the following 
letter and soon after his relation to the parish ceased : 


Rector 1872 to 1874 

The Rectors of St. Mary's in the Highlands 41 

April 3rd, 1891. 
To the Vestry of St. Mary's in the Highlands. 

I hereby tender for your acceptance my resignation 
of the Rectorship of the Church of St. Mary's in the 
Highlands, to take effect on the first day of May, 
1891. With the sincere wish for the prosperity of the 
Parish and my earnest prayers for the Divine blessing 
upon it, 

I am very faithfully yours, 

(Signed) Isaac Van Winkle. 

After leaving here Mr. Van Winkle was in charge of a 
church at Bay Shore, where he remained for about a 
year, going from there to St. Luke's Chapel, Paris, 
France, in 1897, where he stayed until 1914. His death 
occurred in New York November 15th, 1917, and his 
burial took place in the cemetery here, in the village he 
loved, and where he had lived and labored for so many 

On August 1st, 1891, the Rev. Ernest Clement Saun- 
ders was called to the parish and sent the following letter 
of acceptance : 

July 31st, 1891. 

I received your letter this morning, extending to 
me the call of the vestry of St. Mary's Church to the 
pastorate of the parish. I beg herewith to accept the 
call, and to express my sense of the trust you have im- 
posed upon me. I pray God may abundantly bless 
both parish and rector in their future work. 

With thanks for the confidence you have placed in 
me, I am, 

Yours very truly, 

(Signed) Ernest C. Saunders. 
Mr. Saunders was a Canadian, and received his colle- 

42 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

giate and theological education in Canada, graduating 
from the University of London, Canada. He was or- 
dained to the priesthood by the Bishop of Montreal, and 
served for a time in Canada, where he spent the early 
years of his ministry. In 1895 he became rector of the 
Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck, New York, in con- 
nection with which he filled the chair of chemistry at St. 
Stephen's College, Annandale, from which institution 
he received the degree of doctor of science in 1911. 
He remained here for four years, and at the opening of 
his ministry the parish observed the fiftieth anniversary 
of the incorporation and consecration of the first church 
and the commencement of services. At the same time 
the rector was instituted into the rectorship. 

Extensive preparations in anticipation of this notable 
occasion had been in progress for some time, and when 
the happy day arrived the earnest efforts that had been 
expended to make it successful were consummated. No 
details were omitted that could add to the solemnity of 
the occasion. The Bishop of the Diocese, the Rev. H. C. 
Potter, D. D., was present and the services were con- 
ducted by the Rev. Richard Beverly Arden of Garrisons, 
and the rector. The Bishop delivered his charge to the 
new rector with much impressiveness, and the keys were 
given him by the senior warden, Gouverneur Kemble. 
The church on that gladsome and joyous morning was 
filled to overflowing, and the congregation listened with 
rapt attention to Bishop Potter's sermon from Psalm 
132 Eighth and Ninth verses. A marked feature of the 
anniversary celebration was the beautiful music rendered 
with much skill by the choir, under the leadership of 
Miss Mary E. Belknap, a faithful and efficient organist 


Rector 1874 to 1891 

The Rectors of St. Mary's in the Highlands 43 

of the church for nineteen years. In the evening the 
Rev. F. B. Van Kleeck, D. D., archdeacon of West- 
chester, was the preacher, and touched upon the history 
of the church and other matters pertaining to the anni- 
versary which had filled the hearts of the congregation 
with profound gratitude for many blessings vouchsafed 
their beloved church in the years that had passed. 

During those years, with their vicissitudes of prosperi- 
ty and difficulty, the church has maintained its useful- 
ness through the conscientious ministries of its successive 
rectors, as shown by the following entries in the parochial 
register. In these fifty years there have been 1091 bap- 
tisms; 35 confirmations; 453 persons confirmed; 451 
burials; 9 ordinations; 158 marriages. 

The Rev. E. C. Saunders resigned in April, 1895, and 
the vestry showed their appreciation of his work in the 
following letter: 

Rev. E. C. Saunders, Aprfl 17 > 1895 - 

Dear Sir, 
Having been appointed a committee by the vestry 
of St. Mary's Church in the Highlands, we desire, on 
their part, and that of the congregation, to express 
our great regret that you are about to leave us. Your 
administration of the affairs of the parish has been 
very satisfactory, and you have won the personal re- 
gard and esteem of all the members of the church. 

We sincerely hope that you will be equally success- 
ful in your new parish, and that you may find it as 
agreeable as we have no doubt it will prove to be. 

With best wishes for the health and happiness of 
yourself and family 

We are, Yours very truly, 

(Signed) Gouverneur Paulding, 
(Signed) John Campbell. 

44 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

On May 24th, 1895, the Rev. Elbert Floyd-Jones re- 
ceived the following letter from Ellis H. Timm, clerk of 
the vestry of St. Mary's Church in the Highlands: 

May 23rd, 1895. 
Dear Sir, 

It becomes my very pleasant duty to notify you 
that at a meeting of the vestry of St. Mary's Church 
in the Highlands, held May 22nd, 1895, you were 
unanimously elected as rector of St. Mary's Church. 
I send you this as a formal announcement. Captain 
Metcalfe, who is now one of the vestry, will wait up- 
on you. 

I am 

Yours respectfully, 

(Signed) Ellis H. Timm, Clerk. 

To this letter, Mr. Floyd- Jones sent the following reply: 

Cold Spring, N. Y., May 29, 1895. 
To the Wardens and Vestry of St. Mary's Church in 

the Highlands. 

I have considered very deeply your call to the 
parish of St. Mary's, which I received last Thursday, 
and have decided to accept it with the earnest prayer 
that the Pentecostal blessing, to which our hearts are 
turning at this time, may rest upon my rectorship and 
the people I have been summoned to serve. If agree- 
able to your body I will enter upon my duties Trinity 
Sunday, June 9th. 

Very faithfully yours, 

Elbert Floyd-Jones. 

Mr. Floyd-Jones is a native of New York State, hav- 
ing been born at Poughkeepsie in 1867. He was educated 
at the Berkeley School, Columbia University and the 
General Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the 
deaconate in Calvary Church, New Y T ork, in 1893, and 

Rector 1891 to 1895 " 

The Rectors of St. Mary's in the Highlands 45 

after a year spent abroad in study at Oxford and in travel, 
received his ordination to the priesthood in St. Philip's 
in the Highlands, by Bishop H. C. Potter, and had charge 
for a time of St. James' Chapel, Manitou. When called 
to the rectorship of St. Mary's he was serving as a curate 
at Calvary Church. He is the eighth rector of the parish 
in succession, and is at present filling the longest period 
of service. 

The following ordinations have been held in this parish : 
October 18, 1861 — To the Diaconate, 

Peter Wilson Striker, 
Robert Holden. 
To the Priesthood, 

Wm. Thomas Wilson, 
Edmund Roland, 
Francis Mansfield, 
Charles Wm. Morrill. 

On this occasion the Bishop of the Diocese, Right Rev. 
Horatio Potter, D. D., was present and the preacher was 
Rev. Dr. Mahan. 

September 13th, 1863, John R. Matthews, ordained 
Deacon by Bishop Horatio Potter. 

February 19th, 1865, Reuben W. Howes 1 and Mytton 
Maury were ordained to the priesthood by Bishop 
Horatio Potter. 


The following have been formally instituted into the 
Rectorship of the Church. 

iReuben W. Howes, D. D. died in New York City Nov. 25, 1919, in the 
90th year of his age. He filled rectorships at All Saints', Briarcliff, and 
Trinity Church, Hoboken. 

46 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

October 19th, 1861, the Rev. C. W. Morrill, instituted 
Rector by the Right Rev. Horatio Potter, D.D. The 
keys were presented by Gouverneur Kemble, Senior 
Warden. The sermon containing a warm tribute to the 
new Rector, based on a personal knowledge, was de- 
livered by Rev. Frederick Ogilby, D.D., an assistant 
Minister of Trinity Church, New York. 

July 21, 1872, Institution of Charles Carroll Parsons. 

October 25th, 1891, the Rev. Ernest C. Saunders, B.D., 
instituted as Rector, preacher the Right Rev. H. C. 
Potter, D.D. The keys were presented by a nephew of 
the first Senior Warden of the Parish Gouverneur Kem- 
ble II. 

Rector 1895 



THROUGHOUT its long and illustrious history, 
the Church of St. Mary's in the Highlands has 
had but seven Wardens. Of these, the two men 
in the past who have done most for the village of Cold 
Spring are Gouverneur Kemble and Robert Parker 
Parrott, one by establishing a great industry here and the 
other by making it famous through his inventive genius. 
Gouverneur Kemble was affectionately and paternally 
called the "Father of Cold Spring." He was born in 
New York, January 25th, 1786, the eldest son of Peter 
Kemble, a New York merchant, who was descended from 
an English family of note, the members of which were 
conspicuous in commercial pursuits. Mr. Kemble was 
educated in New York and graduated from Columbia 
College in 1803. He was a man of superior mind and 
attainments. He had cultivated tastes, showing in his 
love of art of which he was a connoisseur, and appearing 
in the collections he made of many specimens of various 
artists, including the great masters of Italy and Spain. 
Among his friends were men prominent in the social and 
literary life of his time. When quite a young man, Mr. 
Kemble went to Spain. While there his attention was 
attracted to the process of casting cannon, as practised 
by the Spanish government, which had become skilled 
in this art as compared with other nations. Mr. Kemble 
acquainted himself with its details with a view of intro- 

48 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

ducing it into this country. On his return he established 
about 1817, a gun foundry which eventually grew to be 
one of the largest general foundries and machine works 
in the country. It was, perhaps, in recognition of his 
commercial distinction that the Hudson River Railroad 
Company supplied him with a "pass" over its line until 
the end of his life. 

Besides his business, Mr. Kemble took an active inter- 
est in politics, and was elected a Democratic member of 
Congress, serving two terms during the presidency of 
Martin Van Buren. In 1846, he was elected a delegate 
to the convention for revising the constitution of the 
State of New York. He was noted for his hospitality 
of the old fashioned, open house kind, affable in social 
intercourse and his famous Saturday night banquets held 
at his residence here, often brought together a choice 
company of distinguished men of talent and learning 
from the civil and military professions of this and other 
countries. Mr. Kemble, who was truly the founder 
of Cold Spring, was honored, respected and beloved 
by the entire community. The esteem in which he 
was held was borne witness to by the following beauti- 
ful resolutions adopted by a meeting of citizens after 
his death: 

A meeting of the citizens of Cold Spring and vicin- 
ity met at the Town Hall Friday evening, September 
17, 1875, to express their regard for the late 
Gouverneur Kemble manifesting their sympathy for 
the bereaved family. B. B. Lawson called to the 
chair, Granville Barnum, Secretary. The chairman 
appointed the following committee to make arrange- 
ments for the suspension of business in the village and 
superintending the procession during the funeral, 


Tirst Senior Warden of St. Mary's in the Highlands. 
1841 to 1875 

The Wardens of St. Marys in the Highlands 49 

George McCabe, O. M. Baxter, J. H. Perry, David 
Robinson, W. K. Lawson, William Birdsall, Thomas 
O'Brien, Robert Smith, Dee Lamaire and E. T. 
Dyckman. The following resolutions were offered by 
Gerard Barhydt and were unanimously adopted : 

Whereas, it has pleased the Almighty to remove 
from our midst by death the Hon. G. Kemble, one 
who has for many years been recognized as the Father 
of this Village, whose hand was ever ready to ad- 
minister to the wants of the needy, whose heart was 
never without sympathy for the afflicted, and whose 
enterprise has brought prosperity to our village, 

Therefore, RESOLVED, that we his neighbors 
and friends, residents of Philipstown, hereby extend 
to his relatives our sincere sympathy in this their 
time of bereavement. 

RESOLVED, that while we mourn his loss, we feel 
grateful to an all-wise Providence that his life has 
been prolonged to a good old age and that now like a 
shock of corn fully ripe he has been gathered into 
the garden of the Lord. 

RESOLVED, That we hereby express our hearty 
appreciation of the decision of the family in leaving 
the deceased with us after death as he has been with 
us during his life. 

RESOLVED, that in his death the state has lost a 
good citizen, the church a warm supporter and this 
community its best friend. 

Granville Barnum, Sec'y. 

The incidents of Mr. Kemble's great kindness and gen- 
erosity were many, and the respect and gratitude which 
fine deeds inspire, were often illustrated by ovations 
tendered him on his birthdays. The children of the 
village had an especial love for him, and on his eighty- 
seventh birthday a deputation from the Sunday School 
of St. Mary's presented the generous patron of their 

50 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

school with a beautiful Prayer Book. The offering was 
made by James Kirke Paulding, his great nephew, and 
was received by Mr. Kemble with deep feelings of appre- 
ciation. A notable glimpse of Mr. Kemble's character 
is portrayed in a letter written two years before his 
death, to his friend, General E. D. Keyes, in which he 
describes an entertainment given to celebrate his eighty- 
seventh birthday. The letter contains this remarkable 
passage, in words pathetic and affecting : 

"And now, having done my duty to my friends, to 
society and, I trust, to my GOD, I am ready to de- 
part." 1 

On the 16th of September, 1875, Gouverneur Kemble 
departed this life in the ninetieth year of his age, after a 
short illness. Two Sundays before he had been in his 
usual place in church and received the Holy Sacrament, 
but the illness with which he was stricken proved too 
much for his advancing years. His funeral was held in 
the church he had loved and served faithfully, in the 
presence of many clergy and people, the Bishop of the 
diocese being present. The business of the village was 
suspended during the service that everyone might be 
able to show their last tribute of regard for this patriarch 
of the village, who left behind him a wonderful legacy of 
physical and mental and moral strength, and whose life 
bore its witness to a conspicuous virtue and integrity. 

The following resolutions bearing upon the death of 
Gouverneur Kemble were adopted by the vestry of St. 
Mary's in the Highlands: 

Whereas it has pleased Almighty God our Heaven- 
ly Father on the morning of the 16th of September 
1 "Observation of Men and Events." Keyes, p. 70. 

The Wardens of St. Mary's in the Highlands 51 

last to remove from all the pains and sufferings of 
earth to a blessed rest and peace in Himself, our late 
Senior Warden, the Honorable Gouverneur Kemble, 
at the venerable age of ninety years, 

and Whereas having in mind his long and intimate 
connection with this Parish the fact that to him are 
due its first foundations and a large share in its sub- 
sequent development, and his possession from the 
first, of the office of Senior Warden, and also being 
moved thereto in the recollection of a life devoted to 
the interests of the people, among whom he lived a 
life honorable, upright and marked by a dignified 
and reverend regard for our holy religion, and by a 
faithful fulfilment of its high obligation, 

Therefore, we, the Vestry, of St. Mary's Church in 
the Highlands, by this minute, desire to record our 
respect for his memory, and gratitude for his zeal and 
services in behalf of this Parish, and also an high esti- 
mation of his character as a true Christian gentleman. 

The sterling qualities of Gouverneur Kemble made 
their impression far afield of his own community. In 
1833 he was elected a vestryman of St. Philip's in the 
Highlands, and was a liberal contributor to the support 
of that church. When, in 1853, he made his trip to 
Spain, in company with ex-President Martin Van Buren, 
he took with him the following complimentary letter of 
commendation, given him by the Roman Catholic Arch- 
bishop of New York : 

Lettre generale. 

Mon excellent at tres estime ami est sur le point 
de passer quelque mois dans les differents pays 
d'Europe. II voyage en companie de son Excellence 
l'Expresident des Etas-Unis, Martin Van Buren. 

Je prends la liberte de recommander Mr. Kemble 

52 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

aux attentions particulieres de tous les Catholiques, 
mais specialment a la hierarchie et au clerge toutes le 
fois qu'el juger a propos de montrer cette lettre aux 
dignitairies de l'Eglise." 

(Signed) Jean Archeveque de N. York. 
New York le 28 Avril, 1853. 


In the Boston Journal, published Christmas Day, 1877, 
the following notice appeared: "Robert P. Parrott, in- 
ventor of the Parrott Gun, died suddenly at Cold Spring, 
New York, Monday morning, December 24th." 

In the early hours of that day the sad news of this loss 
to the village was circulated. So few of the people knew 
of his illness that the report of his death came as a great 
shock. It caused a sorrow in the community second to 
none in its depth and intensity. For more than forty 
years he had been identified with the prosperity of this 
vicinity and had by his energies contributed to the 
growth of the village. 

Robert Parker Parrott was born in Lee, Stratford 
County, New Hampshire, October 5th, 1804. At the 
age of sixteen he was appointed as a cadet at West Point, 
where he graduated in 1824, the third in a class of thirty- 
one. He remained at West Point for some time as assist- 
ant professor of mathematics. From 1829 to 1831 he 
was stationed at Fort Constitution, being commissioned 
a first lieutenant. In 1835 he was on staff duty in the 
war with the Creek Indians in the South, and in 1836 was 
promoted to captain of ordnance, in which capacity he 
was sent to the West Point Foundry, which was then the 
most extensive establishment for the manufacture of 
heavy guns in the country. The West Point Foundry 


\ A 

Warden 1841 to 1877 

The Wardens of St. Mary's in the Highlands 53 

Company, then under the management of Gouverneur 
Kemble, made such advantageous offers to Captain 
Parrott that he resigned from the army and entered upon 
the main work of his life. Starting first as superintend- 
ent he rose to be the head of the plant. It was while 
thus engaged that Mr. Parrott was appointed judge of 
the Court of Common Pleas for this county, and he 
served in that capacity for three years. He found time 
to turn from ordnance and judicial matters to social in- 
terests and his intimacy with the family of Gouverneur 
Kemble resulted in his marriage to Mr. Kemble's sister, 
Mary Kemble. 

The position of Mr. Parrott at the foundry gave him 
every facility for prosecuting experiments in his favorite 
department of ordnance. From 1836 until the com- 
mencement of the Civil War these trials had been carried 
on, with the result that then was given to the country 
and the world, the famous Parrott rifle gun and projec- 
tile. His later work was the making of an improved 
mortar and projectile for the life saving service on the 
American coast. 

The fortune which Mr. Parrott accumulated as the 
result of long experience, deep study and arduous labor 
was extensively bestowed upon beautifying the village, 
the building of suitable homes for his employees and the 
extending of relief to human necessities when ever they 
were made apparent. One of his many benevolent and 
characteristic acts, flowing from his kindly hand and 
generous heart, was the paying of the taxes of widows 
and soldiers absent in the war, who were residents of 
Philipstown. His munificent gift to the parish of St. 
Mary's in the Highlands, the spacious grounds on which 

54 St Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

the church stands, and the large contribution to its build- 
ing fund, is a monument perpetuating his memory to 
coming generations. 

On the day of Mr. Parrott's funeral the hum of machin- 
ery was stilled in the works where he had passed more 
than half his life. The business of the village was sus- 
pended and the entire populace thronged the church. 
His memory is still preserved in the grateful hearts of 
those who were associated with those good old Cold 
Spring days, and it will not fail in many succeeding gen- 

The following letter from the chief of ordnance shows 
the esteem in which Captain Parrott was held in the 

Ordnance Office, War Dept., 

Dec. 28th, 1877. 
Messrs. Paulding, Kemble & Co., 

Cold Spring, N. Y. 

This department has, with deep grief, learned of 
the death of Captain R. P. Parrott. He was so long 
a controlling power of your foundry, for a lifetime 
associated with this bureau as an officer and citizen, 
that it is proper that expression should be given to 
the sorrow that is felt throughout the ordnance de- 
partment. Of one so widely known and appreciated 
for his scientific attainments, his inventive faculty, 
his incorruptible integrity, much might be said, but 
over his grave I prefer remembering him as I knew 
him for some years in the intimacy of personal and 
official relation, as the genial companion, the staunch 
friend, the Christian gentleman, the soul of honor. 
Not one of all the virtues that keep green the memory 

The Wardens of St. Mary's in the Highlands 55 

of the dead can be denied him. But above all it can 
be written on his tomb he was a good man. 
Yours very sincerely, 
(Signed) S. V. Benet, Brigadier General, 

Chief of Ordnance. 

The following lines, full of tender feeling, were written 
by James N. Paulding, December 26, 1877. They show 
the strength of Mr. Parrott's influence upon those who 
knew him. 

We who have known his worth 

And felt his silent love 

His steadfast, never-tiring watchful thought and care 

Keep ever in our hearts 

His cherished loving image; 

But to you, unknowing, whose following feet shall 
tread where our's now stand, halting on the ever 
onward march 

For the time forgetting, all engrossing joys and cares, 
happily here pausing, read and let this poem tab- 
let speak; 

He now resting here did throughout his entire life, 
truly intend and strive to do his manly duty, sure 
trusting in God's mercy to forgive his failings, 

Himself unwilling to condemn the errors of us all 

But to all extending ever kindly thought and deed 

Of such we sinners say, 

God's noblest work, an honest man, with such the 
sacred Scriptures saith, God is well pleased. 

Mr. Parrott did not spend in a narrow, provincial 
spirit, all his gifts and abilities in his own particular com- 
munity. They were recognized and sought far and wide. 
Among his positions of trust was a trusteeship of the 
Mechanics and Savings Bank of Fishkill-on-Hudson, 
which after his death, passed the following resolution: 

56 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

We, the Trustees of this Institution recall with 
pride the invaluable services Robert P. Parrott has 
rendered to us. 


Gouverneur Kemble II, after serving on the Vestry 
for eight years, succeeded his uncle, Gouverneur Kemble, 
as warden, which office he held until his death. He was 
a son of William Kemble, a prominent New York iron 
merchant of his day, and was born in 1835 in the old 
Kemble homestead in St. John's Square, New York, 
which was then one of the most attractive residential 
sections of the City. He was educated at West Point 
and subsequently became identified with the West Point 
Foundry, which his uncle, after whom he was named, 
had established. Mr. Kemble was for many years a 
member of the Seventh Regiment, and at the time of 
his death, which occurred on May 14, 1898, he was con- 
nected with the Military Club, which was composed of 
members of the regiment. The following resolutions 
were adopted by the vestry of St. Mary's in the High- 
lands as an expression of the feeling of their loss caused 
by his death. 

At a meeting of the vestry of St. Mary's in the 
Highlands, held on the evening of May 30, 1898, the 
following resolutions were presented and adopted: 

Whereas God in his wisdom and love has seen fit 
to remove from our companionship our friend and 
associate and fellow member of this vestry, Mr. 
Gouverneur Kemble, serving this church as a vestry- 
man for eight years, and for twenty-three years 
filling the position of warden with a most exemplary 

Resolved that we, the members of this vestry, 
mindful of the loss sustained to the Church by his 

Warden 1878 to 1898 

The Wardens of St. Mary's in the Highlands 57 

death, desire to place upon record our keen sense of 
the benefit of his counsel, his helpful and inspiring ex- 
ample of loyalty and love for the well being of this 
parish, his energetic support of its interests, his quick 
and generous response in the cause of every neces- 
sity, his cheerful manner and courteous spirit mani- 
fested in all our associations with him, his strong and 
vigorous regard for his church in the zeal of his 
membership and in the conscientious discharge of the 
duties of his office. 

Resolved that the feeling of this vestry be sent in a 
copy of these resolutions to the members of his 
family, conveying our deep and earnest sympathy 
and our sincere appreciation of their sorrow, to which 
we respond with an affectionate regard in the loss of 
him whose sound judgment and pure integrity won 
a profound respect from those with whom he served 
the church he loved so well. 

And be it resolved further that these resolutions be 
spread upon the minutes of this vestry as a perpetual 
testimony to the memory of his wisdom and the re- 
gard of his sincere and upright life. 


Gouverneur Paulding, who served on the vestry almost 
from the beginning of the parish, belonged to that group 
of citizens for whom the community had a profound re- 
spect and esteem. Here his whole life had been spent 
and his business career brought out. It was in that 
career, particularly with his association with the West 
Point Foundry, that those whose homes had been asso- 
ciated here for many years especially thought of him. 
Gouverneur Paulding was born in New York City, 
November 25th, 1829, the son of James Kirke Paulding, 
Secretary of the Navy. When a young man he came to 

58 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Cold Spring to take a position in the office of the West 
Point Foundry and rose in the conduct of its affairs un- 
til he became its president; which office he held for many 
years until the plant was yielded into other hands. But 
before the change came and for a long time Mr. Paulding 
was not only a part but the greatest part of that corpora- 
tion, giving of the best of his strength and energies to the 
maintaining and successful manipulating of a business 
that was so dear to him, and meant so much to the people 
of Cold Spring. It was in the conduct of that business 
that Mr. Paulding's noble traits of character were most 
conspicuously in evidence. 

His conducting of the affairs of the West Point Foun- 
dry, over which he watched so assiduously, and whose 
interests he so zealously guarded, as long as he could, was 
upon the basic principles of integrity and honor. And 
no one who took him at his word and who depended upon 
his promises or entered into any commercial negotiations 
with his firm ever had cause for regret. His motto for 
the work he sent out into the world was "The best and 
nothing but the best." 

His relationship with his employees, who gave of their 
brain and muscle in upholding their parts in the organ- 
ization they served, still stands out fresh in the memories 
of all who were familiar with his methods and principles, 
as showing how an organization of wage-earners can be 
conducted in a fine spirit of mutual benefit, loyalty and 
good will. 

Mr. Paulding did not regard the labor of the men who 
toiled for him as a sort of commercial commodity, as just 
worth so many dollars and cents. He thought of them 
as men and not as machines. He gave to them a just 

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Warden 1898 To 1913 

The Wardens of St. Mary's in the Highlands 59 

and honest compensation for their labor expended, and 
he expected them to give him in return an equally fair 
and honest amount of work. 

But Mr. Paulding went further than this. "Perfectly 
human himself, nothing in the way of humanity was 
foreign to him." He took a deep interest in the welfare 
of his men, knew them by name, recognized them on the 
street, was always ready to listen to their complaints and 
adjust any grievances he could, meeting his men in a free, 
frank and kindly spirit in the discussion of any form or 
phase of dissatisfaction that might arise from time to 
time. In appreciation of his regard for them, his men 
loved him and in any period of financial stress and strain, 
which happened more than once, necessitating the en- 
forcement of economy and a retrenchment in wages, 
those who were the chief sufferers would rally around 
him, uphold him, pledge themselves to stand by him, 
heroically endorsing his policies and decisions and assur- 
ing him of their support and help. 

Those were days when the antagonisms of labor and 
capital were not as acute as they are now. But it is 
reasonable to believe that Mr. Paulding's policies would 
even to-day have precluded the straining of industrial 
relations, to the point of strife, substituting instead an 
amicable adjustment of any grievances. 

Most of those who learned and followed their trades 
are now in other places and many are in another world 
where human toil is over, but those who are still here 
treasure in their feelings a warm admiration and love for 
Gouverneur Paulding, who was to them a friend, a coun- 
sellor and a benefactor, perhaps to the extent of his own 
self -impoverishment. 

60 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Of late years Mr. Paulding's physical infirmities made 
it impossible for him to appear as much in the life of the 
village as in past years. But his love for it never abated. 
The departure of its commercial prestige never ceased to 
grieve him, and no one more than he did, yearned for a 
return of its prosperity. Though more or less confined 
to his home, he kept himself in touch with such current 
events in the community that might happen now and 
then, and he was eagerly interested in any occurrence 
which was in line with what might tend to the moral 
uplift of our town. 

Mr. Paulding was a reticent man, even to his friends, 
but those who penetrated beneath the reserve of his 
temperament found a warm heart beating with loving 
sympathies to the necessities of his fellowmen. And 
who ever sought his opinions, whether in industrial, civic 
or ecclesiastical matters, realized that he spoke out of 
the heart and soul of a sincere, high-minded, christian 
gentleman, who has gone to his rest, full of years, leaving 
an unsullied name, an untarnished character, an unblem- 
ished reputation, a pure record, an example of rectitude, 
honor and integrity in all contacts with his fellows, 
through a long and eventful life. 

At a meeting of the vestry, held April 13th, 1914, the 
following resolutions, offered by Gouverneur Kemble, 
were read, recording the loss to the parish sustained by 
the death of Mr. Paulding, which occurred December 
17th, 1913. 

Whereas by the death of Gouverneur Paulding 
the Church of St. Mary's in the Highlands has lost 
the last surviving donor to its building fund, and has 
severed the last link that unites the parish with its 
early history and 

The Wardens of St. Mary's in the Highlands 61 

Whereas in his long service of over forty years as 
vestryman and warden, he ever displayed the great- 
est interest in its welfare and took pride in its success 

Therefore be it resolved that we will ever cherish 
the memory of our late associate and in making 
record of his long, useful and exemplary life, we will 
hold this record sacred in our keeping as long as the 
love of rectitude, philanthropy, patriotism and Chris- 
tian gentleness shall endure. But sharing with the 
Church and with the community at large in a com- 
mon loss and partaking in a common grief, we will 
send to the family of the deceased a copy of these 
resolutions as a token of respect for the departed, and 
our sincere condolence for the bereaved. 

The following letter of response was received from the 
family of the late Gouverneur Paulding: 

May 13th 1914. 
Gouverneur Kemble, Esq., Clerk of the Vestry of St. 

Mary's in the Highlands. 
My dear Sir, 

On behalf of the family of the late Gouverneur 
Paulding, I beg to thank the Vestry of St. Mary's in 
the Highlands for the resolutions adopted by them 
on May 2nd. 

These will always be cherished by us as a valuable 
record of his life and unselfish service. 

(Signed) James Kirke Paulding. 

Gouverneur Paulding was elected to the wardenship 
on Decoration Day, 1898, being nominated by Henry 
Metcalfe in the following words : 

It is a happy coincidence that on this Memorial 
Day we are called together in loving memory of one 
of our departed residents, for while the secular ob- 
servance of the day refers to the hosts of heroes who 
now lie in their last sleep in almost every family there 

62 St. Marys Church in the Highlands — A History 

is one grave which stands always open in perpetual 
memory of individual sacrifice of the public good. 
We too, as a family, think of our lost brother and 
earnestly desire to honor his example in the manner 
he himself would have chosen, by selecting for him 
a worthy successor. The position of a church warden 
is a worthy dignity, standing as one of the two repre- 
sentatives of the people, and together with his fellow 
warden, binding together the interests of the people 
and their priest. The incumbent should love the 
Church and the parish and be well informed as to its 
history. He should be a perpetual trustee of its 
temporal things. 

I propose to bring before you the name of one 
whose interest in the Church of St. Mary's in the 
Highlands dates from its very inception, of one who 
is loved and respected by all, one whose association 
with us continues the relation begun long ago by his 
preceptor, the founder of the Church, one whose in- 
terest in it has never flagged, one whose name is part 
of the ecclesiastical and secular history of our Village. 
I nominate Gouverneur Paulding. 

Mr. Paulding's name was seconded by Charles Miller, 
senior warden, and he was unanmously elected as junior 
warden, a position he held until his death. 


During the year 1914 the parish was stricken by the 
loss of two of its wardens, first by Gouverneur Paulding, 
and then by the death of its senior warden, Charles 

Mr. Miller was born at West Point, March 4th, 1839. 
His father, who was a native of Germany, had come to 
America when a young man, and had taken a position 
in the West Point Band, of which he became the leader. 
Mr. Miller was left an orphan when thirteen, and being 


Vestryman 1876 to 1887 

Warden 1887 to 1914 

The Wardens of St. Mary's in the Highlands 63 

obliged to seek employment, came to Cold Spring in 
1852 and entered the meat business with Asa Truesdall. 
From the time of his arrival here until 1872 he remained 
in the employment of Mr. Truesdell and mastered all the 
details of the business. At that time he bought the busi- 
ness of his employer and conducted it at the same place 
until his retirement from active business. Mr. Miller 
was prominently identified with the interests and public 
life of his adopted village and became one of its most in- 
fluential and progressive citizens. He served at different 
times as its president and was the first foreman of the 
fire company, and as justice of the peace he served two 
terms. He was elected to the vestry in February 5, 1876, 
and on April 11, 1887, succeeded Gouverneur Kemble 
as warden, an office he filled with a conscientious sense 
of its obligation. At the time of his death, which oc- 
curred April 21, 1914, the vestry placed on record their 
estimate of his long years of usefulness to the church in 
the following words: 

Whereas, our esteemed Warden, Charles Miller, 
has been suddenly removed from us by death 

and Whereas Mr. Miller served this church as its 
senior warden for twenty-seven years with an exemp- 
lary fidelity, 

Resolved that we, the members of this Vestry, 
desire to place on record our appreciation of his work, 
and to testify to our sorrow for the loss his death has 
placed upon us. 


Gouverneur Kemble, the present senior warden of St. 
Mary's, is the third member of the family to hold that 
office. He was elected a vestryman in 1899 and was ad- 

64 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

vanced to the office of junior warden in 1913 and that of 
senior warden upon the death of Charles Miller in 1914. 

He was born in Cold Spring, August 15th, 1862, the 
son of Gouverneur Kemble and Julia Tillon. He was a 
member of St. Paul's School, Concord, and after finish- 
ing there, he entered Colonel Husted's School at High- 
land Falls and a school kept by Colonel Symonds at Sing 
Sing, both being preparatory schools for West Point. 
His plan of entering the Military Academy being 
changed, he took a position at the West Point Foundry 
in the drawing department, where he remained one year. 
Following this he spent eighteen months with the mer- 
cantile house of Maitland, Phelps and Company. He 
was thirteen years in the employ of the Delaware, Lacka- 
wanna and Western Railway Company and since 1902 
has held a position in the Lincoln National Bank. 

Mr. Kemble has a deep affection for his native place. 
He spends all the time he can in it, and has its welfare 
very much at heart. He is much interested in civic 
matters and did a good deal for the installing of the sewer 
system in the village. Since 1908, he has been a member 
of the Board of Water Supply and spends much time 
working in its behalf. Mr. Kemble has always been 
drawn to military matters and on April 10th, 1884, joined 
the Seventh Regiment, becoming corporal in 1900, pro- 
moted to sergeant in 1908 and transferred to depot bat- 
talion June 27th, 1916. On September 1st, 1917, he was 
commissioned captain in the Home Defense Reserve, 
State of New York. 


Charles Seton Lindsay entered the vestry in 1910, and 
was elected warden, May 1st, 1914. He was born near 

The Wardens of St. Mary's in the Highlands 65 

Dublin, Ireland, October 25th, 1843. His school days 
were spent at Rugby and at private schools in this coun- 
try. At one time he was resident manager of the New 
York Life Insurance Company in the West Indies, India, 
China and Japan and subsequently in Great Britain and 
Ireland. In 1861 he enlisted in the Civil War, became 
first lieutenant and later acting assistant adjutant gener- 
al, both on brigade and division staffs. At present he 
holds a prominent position in the New York Life Insur- 
ance Company, New York City, and is still serving the 
church as junior warden. 



THE vestry of St. Mary's in the Highlands has been 
served by men who were from time to time, in 
different ways, conspicuous in the various voca- 
tions of life. Law, finance, architecture, medicine, the 
army and navy have all been represented among those 
who were instrumental in guiding the affairs of the parish. 


Henry Casimir de Rham was one of the founders and 
incorporators of the parish of St. Mary's in the High- 
lands, being one of the members present at the meeting 
in 1839 when the parish was organized and was therefore 
one of the oldest vestrymen. While the church shared 
the privileges of the same rector with St. Philip's in the 
Highlands, Mr, de Rham remained on the vestry, but 
when the two parishes became independent of each 
other, he identified himself with St. Philip's, which 
was natural, since his ties were more associated with that 
parish. Consequently this church was deprived of the 
parochial interest of a family which would have been 
valuable to it. However, living so near and having many 
friends in this community, the family of Mr. de Rham 
has always shown much regard for the welfare of St. 

Henry C. de Rham was born at Giez, Switzerland, 
July 17th, 1785. He came to America about 1806 and 
married a daughter of Dr. William Moore, brother of the 

Vestryman 1841 

Vestryman 1866 to 1884 

Vestrymen of St Mary's in the Highlands 67 

second Bishop of the diocese of New York. He was one 
of New York's early and most influential bankers, hon- 
ored and respected by all his associates in the city. In 
1834 he purchased a piece of property on which the 
Davenport farm originally stood, which has remained 
ever since in the de Rham family. 


Alexander Hamilton was one of the oldest vestrymen 
of this parish, having been elected to the vestry in the 
earliest years of its existence. He was born in Ryfield, 
Ireland, March 3rd, 1812. In 1832, on his wedding day, 
he and his bride braved the dangers of the deep and came 
to this country in a sailing vessel, arriving here, after a 
stormy voyage of three months. After a short stay in 
Brooklyn, Mr. Hamilton came to the West Point Foun- 
dry, where he was employed for more than sixty years. 
Most of this time he was in charge of the air furnace of 
that great plant. He remained a vestryman of St. 
Mary's until his death May 15tb, 1884. 

In 1882, Mr. Hamilton celebrated his golden wedding. 
He had ten children and at the time of his death could 
boast of being the grandfather of twenty-three. 


John Taylor became a member of the vestry of St. 
Mary's in the Highlands in 1866 and served for ten 
years. He was born February 14th, 1828, at Nafferton, 
Driffield, England, where he spent the greater part of 
his early life. In June, 1852, he married Elizabeth Cuth- 
bert at Alnwick, Northumberland, and in the next year 
left England for America on the sailing vessel, the Ross 
of Hull. He settled in Cold Spring and entered the em- 

68 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

ployment of the West Point Foundry Company and be- 
came one of the most faithful and trusted workmen of 
that institution. He was equally conscientious in his 
Church relations, and at the time of his death, which 
occurred in 1876, the vestry entered the following minute 
upon the record of the parish : 

At a meeting of the vestry of St. Mary's held on 
Thursday, February 10, 1876, the following resolu- 
tions were adopted, 

Whereas it has seemed good to our Heavenly 
Father, who doeth all things well, to call away into 
the rest and peace of Paradise, the soul of our de- 
ceased brother, John Taylor, for ten years a member 
of this Vestry 

RESOLVED, that we hereby record the deep sor- 
row that we feel in the removal of one so long asso- 
ciated with us in this Vestry and who by his sterling 
integrity, uprightness and sincerity, ever commanded 
our highest respect and esteem. 

RESOLVED, that we hereby offer our heart-felt 
sympathy to the members of his family and that a 
copy of these resolutions be transmitted to them. 

matthias McCaffrey. 

In the earliest records of the church the name of Mr. 
McCaffrey appears among the members of the vestry. 
He was born in County Sligo, Ireland, in 1809, and after 
coming to this country, settled for a time in Cleveland, 
Ohio. When a young man he came to Cold Spring, 
entering the West Point Foundry as a boiler maker, and 
there labored as one of its most faithful employees until 
the time of his death, which occurred in August, 1880. 

The following minute was adopted by the vestry 
September 20th, 1880: 



Vestryman 1866 to 1876 

Vestryman 1867 to 1895 

Vestrymen of St. Mary's in the Highlands 69 

Whereas, Almighty God, in his wise providence, 
has taken to the rest and peace of Paradise the soul 
of our deceased Brother and fellow Vestryman, 
Mathias McCaffrey, 

Therefore, we, the Rector, Wardens and Vestry- 
men of St. Mary's in the Highlands, do hereby record 
the high esteem in which he was held by us and our 
sincere respect for his character, which combined 
such rare fidelity to trust and a faithful discharge of 
duty with so many of the brightest and holiest fea- 
tures of a soldier and servant of Christ. 

Mr. McCaffrey was one of the oldest and most highly 
thought of members of the vestry, and for a time added 
to his duties as vestryman the services of sexton of the 


Albert Amerman, at the time of his death, which 
occurred November 10, 1895, had been a member of St. 
Mary's in the Highlands for forty years, and was one of 
the oldest vestrymen. He was born at Rhinebeck, 
Dutchess County, New York, November 14th, 1818. 
He came to Cold Spring when twenty years old and 
entered the West Point Foundry, where he remained un- 
til his health failed. He served on the vestry until 1895, 
and in 1879 was elected a delegate to the diocesan con- 
vention. He was much interested in the building of the 
new Church and was the collector of contributions for 
the font placed within it, when completed. 


George Edward Harney, to whose architectural gift 
the parish is indebted for its present beautiful church, 
was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1840. After spend- 

70 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

ing his early life in New England, living mostly in Boston, 
he came to Cold Spring in 1863 to take charge of some 
work under construction in the neighborhood, and lived 
here for ten years. During his residence he was employed 
by Mr. Parrott to present plans for a church, which were 
accepted. The building was started in 1867 and com- 
pleted in one year. 

Mr. Harney served several years on the vestry, until 
he left Cold Spring in 1873, having established a partner- 
ship in New York, which lasted but a few years, owing 
to the death of his partner, William I. Paulding. 

Mr. Harney continued his profession alone until his 
retirement, a few years ago. 


Robert Bradley Hitchcock was born in Cheshire, 
Massachusetts, September 25, 1804. He entered the 
navy in 1825 and after his graduation held various posi- 
tions of promotion, rising to the rank of commodore, 
July 16th, 1862. In 1864 he was appointed commandant 
of the navy yard at Norfolk. Shortly after this he came 
to Cold Spring as inspector of ordnance, representing the 
navy. After his retirement he made his home here. He 
is remembered by those who knew him as a polished 
gentleman of the olden times, dignified and urbane, a 
friend to every project for the benefit of the village. 
Commodore Hitchcock was elected to the vestry in the 
early days of the parish and served up to the time of his 
death, which occurred in New York, March 24th, 1888. 
He was a warm personal friend of Robert P. Parrott, and 
was deeply interested in the building of the church, to 
which he gave his faithful and untiring attention. 


Vestryman 1867 to 1873 
Architect of the Second Church 

Vestryman 1867 to 1888 

Vestrymen of St. Mary's in the Highlands 71 


Frederick Plummer James was a member of the vestry, 
being elected in 1873. He resigned in 1876 and was re- 
elected in 1883, serving one year. He was born in Deer- 
field, New Hampshire, March 15, 1820. Although he 
left the home of his birth in the early years of his life, he 
always retained a strong affection for it, to which he gave 
expression, by founding a public library for the people of 

Mr. James was a financier of much prominence in his 
day, and his connection with many railroads and other 
business interests, made him a notable figure in financial 
circles. Being an invalid for many years, after coming 
to Cold Spring, he was forced to lead a life of considerable 
retirement. He took much interest in the construction 
of the new church, gave a large bequest of 85,000.00 
toward the building fund, besides the stone out of which 
the church is built. 

Mr. James died May 29th, 1884, in the sixty-fourth 
year of his age. His funeral services were held at St. 
Bartholomew's Church, New York, of which parish he 
was a member, his burial taking place in the cemetery 


Dr. Young was elected to the vestry of St. Mary's in 
1873, serving two years, and again in 1877, and remained 
a member for one year. He was born at Portglenone, 
County Tirone, Ireland, in 1820. In 1826 his family 
came to this country, and after finishing his course at the 
College of Physicians and Surgeons, he returned to 
Europe in 1841 for suplementary studies, graduating from 

72 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

the University of Glasgow. After coming back to the 
United States, Dr. Young practised in New York and 
Philadelphia, and for a time in Cold Spring. In 1890, 
he made his residence here, where he remained until 
his death October 26th, 1902. 


Frederick Devoux Lent, A. M., M. D., was born in 
Newbern, North Carolina, 1823. He was graduated 
from the University of North Carolina in 1845, and from 
the medical department of the New York University in 
1849. For the following two years he served as house 
surgeon under Dr. Valentine Mott in the New York 
Hospital. In 1851 he was appointed surgeon of the West 
Point Foundry, which position he held until 1875, except 
for one year. In 1853 he married Mary Kemble, daugh- 
ter of William Kemble, by which marriage he had one 
son and three daughters. His professional career at 
Cold Spring was one of remarkable success, his reputa- 
tion as a consulting physician reaching from New York 
to Albany. In 1870 he received and accepted the ap- 
pointment as professor in the medical department of the 
New York University, and assistant surgeon in the Wom- 
an's Hospital. 

After a year's arduous service in New York, he re- 
turned to Cold Spring, where he continued in active prac- 
tise until his health failed him and he was obliged to seek 
a more beneficial climate. He went to Florida in the 
winter and to Saratoga in the summer months. Though 
taken ill at Saratoga, he was able to return to Cold Spring 
and died on October 11, 1883. 

Dr. Lent was a remarkable man, bringing lustre and 
renown to his profession. He was modest, unpretentious 

Vestryman 1873 to 1876 and 1883 to 1884 

Vestryman 1873 to 1875 and 1877 to 1878 

Vestrymen of St. Mary's in the Highlands 73 

and gentle. Extreme conscientiousness was his pre- 
dominating characteristic. A sense of the keenest jus- 
tice, even in the smallest matters, governed all his deal- 
ings. The regard of his professional responsibilities was 
only second to his feeling of responsibility to God. Noth- 
ing could swerve him from his high sense of right. In 
the widest sense of the word, he was a good physician, 
skillful, devoted and self sacrificing. Dr. Lent was one 
of the founders and early presidents of the American 
Academy of Medicine, and was a frequent contributor 
to various professional journals. He combined the dig- 
nity of his manhood with a consistent Christian life. He 
was one of the earliest vestrymen of the parish and was 
connected with the vestry until 1876. 


William Henry Ladue filled a long period of twenty- 
seven years' service on the vestry of St. Mary's, having 
been elected in 1876. He was born at Cold Spring, 
December 29th, 1843, and his whole life was spent in this 
locality. After leaving school in 1859 he began to take 
up the trade of a carpenter and builder, in which he 
speedily became proficient. In 1870 he started in busi- 
ness, which under his skillful management, steadily grew 
and became extensive. At his mill here all kinds of 
doors, window frames, hard wood mantles and trim- 
mings were fabricated. During the long course of his 
business career, Mr. Ladue built a number of handsome 
residences and important buildings at Garrisons and 
elsewhere. Many of the dwellings and stores of his 
native place were constructed under his supervision, as 
well as several stations along the line of the Hudson 

74 St. Mary's Church iu the Higlhands — A History 

River Railroad. Mr. Ladue was prominently identi- 
fied with town and village affairs and held, at different 
periods, the offices of village trustee, president and jus- 
tice of the peace. In 1891 he was elected a member of 
the Assembly. At the time of his death, which occurred 
August 22nd, 1903, he was a member of the Old Home- 
stead Club, the fire company, the Order of Masons, 
Board of Water Commissioners and a trustee of the 
National Bank of Cold Spring. 


Ellis Henderson Timm was not only a vestryman of 
St. Mary's but he served the vestry as clerk from 1883 
to the time of his death, which occurred on Washington's 
Birthday, 1907. Mr. Timm was born in Sheffield, Eng- 
land, January 3, 1841, and came to this country when 
seven years old. At the outbreak of the Civil War he 
enlisted from Newark, New Jersey, and served until the 
close of the War, retiring with the rank of sergeant. 
After the close of the War, Mr. Timm received from the 
state of New Jersey a bronze medal in grateful recogni- 
tion of his patriotic service. In the early seventies Ellis 
H. Timm came to Cold Spring and was for a long time 
foreman of the brass shop in the West Point Foundry. 
Resigning his position there, he received an appointment 
in the custom house, New York, where he remained until 
appointed post master at Cold Spring, during the term 
of President McKinley. He was a past master of Philips- 
town Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, a charter mem- 
ber of the fire company, a member of the board of educa- 
tion and a trustee of the village. Being a member of the 
Grand Army of the Republic, special honor was shown 


Vestryman 1876 to 1903 


Vestryman 1875 to 1876 

Vestrymen of St. Mary's in the Highlands 75 

him at his funeral, a representation from the West Point 
band being present. 

The following resolutions, adopted by the vestry of 
St. Mary's in the Highlands, shows how his associates 
appreciated his work: 

At a meeting of the Vestry of the Church of St. 
Mary-in-the-Highlands, held on the evening of 
March 11, 1907, the following resolutions were spread 
upon the minutes : 

Whereas, God, in His all-wise Providence, has seen 
fit to take out of this world the soul of our departed 
friend and fellow vestrymen, Ellis Henderson Timm, 

Whereas, he served this parish in the capacity of a 
vestryman for thirty-one years, acting as clerk of the 
vestry for twenty-three years, and 

Whereas, his faithful interest and unceasing love 
for his church in all its affairs was most conspicuously 
marked in the active part he took in all the delibera- 
tions of this body. 

Resolved, that we, the members of this vestry, de- 
sire to place on record our deep sense of the loss which 
this vestry has sustained. 

Resolved, that we, the members of this vestry, 
further desire to give expression to our high regard for 
his loyalty and love in the performing of the duties of 
his office. 

Resolved, that these resolutions be inscribed upon 
the minutes, and that a copy of them be sent to his 
family and to The Churchman. 

On February 22, 1907, the rector of St. Mary's 
paid the following tribute to his memory : 

At the close of the day which this nation has set 
apart to keep her greatest soldier fresh in the minds 
of her people there was taken from this community 

76 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

one whose name will ever be associated with the high 
regard in which it was held. 

The death of Ellis H. Timm removes from this vil- 
lage an exemplary citizen, a loving husband and 
father, a faithful and true friend to those who had his 
friendship, and a devoted churchman. 

Identified with Cold Spring for many years Mr. 
Timm had become very closely connected with a 
large number of interests. His ambition for the wel- 
fare of the place that was so dear to him and his zeal 
for its betterment in every direction were shown by 
the effort he expended in the many organizations to 
which he gave much of his time and thought. His 
wise counsel was often in demand, and his integrity, 
which was such a notable feature of his character, put 
him in many positions of trust. 

Mr. Timm was a man of strong opinions which with 
him were convictions and while never hesitating to 
express them when a sense of duty called, he did it in a 
spirit and in a way that was never offensive. 

In the discharge of his obligations as a churchman 
was where I best knew him and the service he was al- 
ways ready to render in all matters pertaining to the 
church was marked by a high degree of conscientious- 
ness. It was in the conspicuous discharge of his 
responsibilities as a churchman, he expressed by the 
force of his example, what he undoubtedly believed, 
that the church and her interests should have the 
first place in the hearts of men. 

As an officer of the church he so dearly loved, serv- 
ing in the capacity of the Clerk of the Vestry for 
many years, in all the time that I was associated 
with him he was always at his post, save once when 
kept away by that last illness from which he never 
perfectly recovered. 

It was Mr. Timm's kindly and genial interest 
which, to a large extent, won for him the many 

Vestryman 1876 to 1907 

Vestrymen of St. Mary's in the Highlands 77 

friends who are sorrowing that they shall see his face 
no more. It was the desire to perform an act of kind- 
ness which, proving too great for his physical strength, 
was partly responsible for the suddenness of his 
death, bringing so hastily a long and useful life to a 

There are few residents of this village to whom the 
memory of Ellis H. Timm will not be kept fresh and 
green and no one will miss him more than I, who for 
nearly twelve years enjoyed the privilege of being his 
rector and his friend. 


George Wilson Murdock was elected a member of the 
vestry in 1878 and served until June 1st, 1889. He was 
born at Pulaski, New York, September 25th, 1843. In 
1867 he was graduated from the College of Physicians 
and Surgeons. Shortly afterwards he came to Cold 
Spring and for some years was associated with Dr. 
Frederick D. Lente, to whose practice he succeeded, and 
which he continued until his removal from the village. 


William Irving Paulding was born in New York in 
1825. He was a son of James Kirke and Gertrude 
Kemble Paulding. After his graduation from Columbia 
College, he took up the study of law, but his tastes ran 
in the line of literature, which he inherited from his 
father, who was an intimate friend of Washington Irving. 
Mr. Paulding wrote extensively, his chief published work 
being the life of his distinguished father. He married a 
daughter of Isaac Greene Pearson, with whom he became 
engaged in business, and eventually became manager of 
several large estates. 

78 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Mr. Paulding was deeply interested in the improve- 
ment and enhancement of the village. It is said that 
many of the beautiful shade trees, which have been such 
an attractive adornment to our streets, were planted by 

Mr. Paulding was elected to the vestry in 1878 and 
served one year. In 1882 he was elected a delegate to 
the diocesan convention. 


James Nathaniel Paulding, who served on the vestry 
from 1880 until 1898, was a prominent figure in the 
affairs of everything that pertained to the welfare and 
prosperity of the village, and was highly regarded in the 
business and social circles in which he moved. Mr. 
Paulding was the son of James Kirke Paulding, and was 
born in New York, July 24th, 1833. He lost his mother 
when very young and, coming to Cold Spring, made his 
home with his aunt, Mrs. Robert P. Parrott. For a 
time he was active in the affairs of the West Point Foun- 
dry, but twelve years before his death he withdrew from 
all active business life and traveled extensively. Mr. 
Paulding took a keen interest in the affairs of his church, 
which he attended with an unfailing regularity until the 
day of his death. The following tribute was delivered 
in the Church of St. Mary's, to his memory, by the rec- 
tor on Sunday morning, March 20th, 1898. 

In referring to the passing away of that life which 
our church and community could ill afford to spare, 
I feel sure I am only reflecting the common feeling in 
which we all share with a united sorrow. The break- 
ing of those links in the chain which binds us to the 

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Vestryman 1880 to 1898 

Vestrymen of St Mary's in the Highlands 79 

sacred remembrances of the past, reduces with a 
visible and sad effect those sweet associations in the 
enrolled experience concerned with a corporate life. 

A church and a congregation, above all communi- 
ties of individuals, respond most completely to those 
personal losses as one light after another is withdrawn 
from its shining and has to be surrendered to the call 
of God who has for it a purpose for which it may con- 
tinue to shine, but as a greater light in a greater life. 
But the spot it brightened is made, by this contrast 
of its absence more dark and empty. 

In the character of rural church life there are many 
distinguishing features which separate its complex 
experiences from church life elsewhere, giving to its 
history a peculiarly tender side which all those who 
contribute to the scenes and incidents which make it 
up cannot easily forget or find compensation for. It 
is in the creation of that common bond of sympathy 
which rises out of a common interest, a common toil 
and a common fellowship. Out of these conditions 
there grows from the fruitful seed of a mutual regard, 
germinating in the soil of continual contact, nurtured 
by those elements of intimate feelings of love and 
good will, which have a chance to follow so spon- 
spontaneously, away from the more isolated interests 
of distracted city life. It is the constraint of these 
immovable facts which adds to the intensity of those 
sad separations, leaving behind them the mutual sor- 
row which pervades the feelings of us all. 

In the life of him whose conspicuous interest and 
influence God has removed, we see that no life need 
be one sided or isolated. The rare quality of a 
Christian gentleman, moving among the people of 
the place where he loved most to be, entering into 
that beautiful combination of a courtesy born and 
bred in those times when the little details of refine- 
ment and culture were more carefully considered in 

80 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

the construction of character than they seem to be 
to-day, made of him a citizen and a social ornament 
which we were proud to own and claim. 

Of the same spirit in his church relationships, 
which were many and varied, there was no diminish- 
ing. For almost twenty years a member of the 
governing body of this church, his loyal interest for 
its growth and his earnest zeal for its prosperity 
sprang from a heart which guarded tenderly every 
incident in its progress and which studied carefully 
every possibility for its advancement. In all the 
deliberations of those who must weather the storm 
of unforeseen and unavoidable reverses, no voice 
spoke from a more deeply seated and passionate de- 
sire for its defence and safety. 

Every Rector has the common experience of deal- 
ing with those serious problems which confront the 
life of churches as well as of individuals. But how 
much strength there comes to meet these trials from 
a co-operation with those associated in the disposal 
and adjustment of grave emergencies, and from the 
treatment of a tender and sympathetic regard, com- 
bined with a graceful, refined and courteous manner. 

If I may be permitted to speak so personally, my 
connection with those who share the responsibility of 
this parish has been marked by a relationship of 
singular felicity, away beyond the ordinary in kindly 
consideration and unstinted support. And no one 
has done more to erect that sweet and happy relation- 
ship than he who we miss and mourn to-day, the un- 
failing exponent of a tender sympathy, manifesting 
in every connection in which I was concerned with 
him, feelings springing from instincts for which I 
could only return the profoundest respect and sin- 
cere gratitude. I miss his voice; I miss his influence; 
I miss his help. 

Men and brethren, as God takes from us one by 


Vestryman 1881 to 1887 

Vestrymen of St. Mary's in the Highlands 81 

one those with whom we have been identified, He in- 
tends that we should do what only separation can 
effectually accomplish, appreciate, copy and accen- 
tuate those marked benefits which lives taken from 
this earthly sphere leave behind. A strong and 
vigorous interest in the church, consistent member- 
ship, unswerving fidelity to conviction, a regular 
and devout communicant, conscientious regard for 
duty assumed, prudent, painstaking, and wise; 
scrupulously exact and punctilious in the minutest 
particulars; a sacred sense of the obligations of wor- 
ship as the mark of a church officer, supporting there- 
by and commending the doctrine of our Lord Jesus 
Christ in the community and in the church; these, it 
seems to me, is the legacy of his life he leaves behind 
us. For it I thank God, and for the example of him 
who has entered life eternal in the true faith of God's 
holy name, and in the fullest fellowship with Christ's 
Holy Church, which he loved and for which he 
labored to strengthen and defend. 

Shortly after Mr. Paulding's death, the following reso- 
lutions were adopted by the vestry in his memory : 

Whereas, God, in his divine wisdom has called 
from his earthly labors Mr. James N. Paulding, a 
life long member of the Church in Cold Spring, and 
for nineteen years a member of the Vestry, 

Therefore, Resolved that we, his associates, desire 
to recall our personal appreciation of the loss this 
Parish and Church have sustained by his death, 
which removes a faithful and devout Churchman, a 
wise Counsellor, a constant and cheerful contributor 
to its necessities, a conscientious citizen, and a Chris- 
tian gentleman, commending by his unswerving con- 
viction and loyal faith the doctrine of Christ our 

82 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 


James Henry Haldane served the church as a vestry- 
man from 1881 to 1887. He was born in Cold Spring, 
October 4th, 1818. After leaving school he entered upon 
a business career in New York and from 1841 to 1848 was 
employed by a firm engaged in the importation and man- 
ufacture of iron. In the latter year he established him- 
self in business with his brother, John H. Haldane, the 
firm being conducted under the name of Haldane and 
Company, and acting as representative of some of the 
principal mills in Pennsylvania, England and Scotland, 
and eventually becoming one of the best known houses of 
the iron trade in this country. In 1886 he was appointed 
receiver of the West Point Foundry, which had entered 
upon a period of business trouble, and he acted in that 
capacity until compelled to resign because of his health. 
In 1875 Mr. Haldane retired from active business, spend- 
ing a considerable portion of his time abroad. He was 
very much interested in politics, and an effort was made 
to induce him to accept public office, but he declined. 
He served, however, as Democratic presidential elector 
from Putnam County for this state in 1876 and 1884. 
Though a man of retiring disposition and quiet tastes, 
Mr. Haldane was a public spirited citizen of Cold Spring 
and was greatly interested in the affairs of the village, 
particularly in educational matters. The present Hal- 
dane School building, subsequently endowed from part 
of his estate left by his widow, was due to his benefaction. 
Mr. Haldane died April 12th, 1887, and the vestry passed 
the following resolutions to his memory : 

Whereas, Almighty God has called to his blessed 
rest our late fellow Vestryman, James H. Haldane, 

Vestryman 1882 to 1883 

Vestrymen of St Mary's in the Highlands 83 

after a long and painful illness patiently borne after 
a period of great suffering: 

We, the Rector, Wardens and Vestrymen of St. 
Mary's in the Highlands, do hereby adopt and re- 
cord the following 

Minute : — We gratefully acknowledge him who has 
been removed from our midst a courteous gentleman; 
a high minded, honorable citizen, an interested and 
helpful member of this Vestry. We embalm his 
treasured memory in these records with this expres- 
sion of our affectionate and reverent regard. 


Charles William Whipple became attached to the 
vestry in 1882, while he was stationed here as inspector 
of ordnance at the West Point Foundry. He was born 
September 28th, 1846, at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 
the son of Major General Amiel W. Whipple. After 
his father's death at the battle of Chancellorsville, Presi- 
dent Lincoln gave him a personal appointment to West 
Point, where he graduated in 1868. In 1875 he was 
commissioned first lieutenant of the ordnance depart- 
ment. In the Spanish War he was given the rank of 
lieutenant colonel of volunteers. In the expedition which 
went to the Philippines under General Merritt in 1898, 
and while he was in Manilla, he contracted an illness 
which eventually caused his death on October 18, 1916. 

In the spring of 1901 he was brought back to the 
United States in ruined health and retired for disability, 
with the rank of major in the regular army. In 1877 he 
married Josephine Catherine Jones, a granddaughter of 
Admiral Bailey, second in command under Admiral 
Farragut in the Battle of New Orleans. 

84 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Major Whipple left five children, one of whom has 
followed his father in the army of the United States. 


William Van Wyck, who served on the vestry of this 
church from 1885 to 1887, was born in 1840. He was a 
great grandson of General Robert Anderson of Revolu- 
tionary fame. At the age of twenty-one he served as a 
confederate soldier in the Civil War. After the close of 
the war he came to New York and built up a practice in 
law. Prominent in Masonic circles, he was for some 
time master of Kane Lodge. In 1882 Mr. Van Wyck 
moved to Cold Spring, where he lived until his death in 

He represented the parish in the years 1884, 1885 
and 1886 at the diocesan convention. 


Daniel Butterfield entered upon his duties as a member 
of the vestry, having been elected in 1887. He was born 
in Utica, October 21st, 1831. After being prepared in 
schools in Utica, he entered Union College from which 
he was graduated in 1849, at the early age of nineteen, 
and after a short mercantile career took up the study of 
law, choosing New York with its broader field for his 
purposes and energies as his permanent home. Showing 
early a predilection for military affairs, he entered the 
militia and became colonel of the Twelfth Regiment or- 
ganized in 1859. With his regiment he entered the War 
and before it ended he received the commission of major 
general in the United States army. General Butterfield 
was compelled to resign from the army in order to look 

Vestryman 1885 to 1887 

Vestrymen of St Mary's in the Highlands 85 

after the extensive business affairs of his father. Follow- 
ing his retirement to private life, he brought his tireless 
energy and zeal to many business enterprises in which 
he was engaged. 

After General Butterfield's marriage to Mrs. F. P. 
James in London, September 21st, 1886, at St. Marga- 
ret's, Westminster, he came with his bride, to Cragside, 
where he made his home during the summer months. 
Shortly after coming here he organized the National 
Bank of Cold Spring and became its first president. 
The bank opened for business, September 22, 1890, 
General Butterfi eld's death occurred July 17th, 1901, 
in the seventieth year of his age. His funeral was held 
in the church, the pallbearers being residents of the vil- 
lage who had fought in the Civil War. After the ser- 
vices here, the interment was in the post cemetery at 
West Point. The Twelfth Regiment, members of the 
LaFayette Post, the Order of the Loyal Legion and of 
the Army of the Potomac accompanied the body of their 
comrade to the grave. The burial took place under the 
intolerable heat of July 20th, and during the obsequies 
many cadets were overcome and had to be conveyed to 
the hospital. General Butterfield represented the parish 
at the diocesan convention for many consecutive years 
and the vestry expressed their sense of the loss to the 
Church by his death in the following words : 

The Vestry of St. Mary's in the Highlands desires 
to place on record their deep sense of the loss this 
church has borne in the death of their friend and 
fellow Vestryman, General Daniel Butterfield. They 
recall, with a grateful remembrance, his wise coun- 
sel and zealous interest for the welfare of the Church 

86 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

so conspicuously shown at a time when the Church 
was being relieved of its debt, and they will miss at 
the deliberations of the Vestry the eager part he took 
in all things that pertain to the support and progress 
of this Parish. 


William Henry Haldane was born in Cold Spring, 
April 21st, 1851. He belonged to a family prominent in 
Putnam County for many years. His grandfather was 
one of the earliest inhabitants of the village and aided 
much in its development. Mr. Haldane was educated 
and prepared for college at the Hasbrouck School in 
Jersey City, an institution well known for its educational 
standard. It was from there he entered Columbia 
College, where he graduated in 1872. After his gradu- 
ation he studied law under the direction of the distin- 
guished lawyer, Everett P. Wheeler of New York. In 
1874 he received the degree of LL. B. from Columbia 
College Law School and was admitted to the bar, follow- 
ing the practice of his profession in New York almost up 
to the time of his last illness and death, which occurred 
November 4, 1913. 

Mr. Haldane was the senior vestryman of St. Mary's 
at the time of his death. His response to the needs of 
his church was always prompt and helpful, and he was 
ever ready to encourage and assist the desires of his rec- 
tor, who paid to his memory the following tribute: 

At a time when men of strength are particularly 
needed in our community, the death of W. H. 
Haldane falls as a heavy blow upon our village, and is 
one that will be widely felt in many ways and direc- 
tions. Though living just over its boundary, and so 


Vestryman 1887 to 1901 

Vestrymen of St. Mary's in the Highlands 87 

not technically a resident of Cold Spring, yet he took 
a great civic pride in its progress and a deep interest 
in its welfare. 

When, some years ago, the founder of the electric 
lighting system was in search of sound counsel in 
establishing his venture upon as stable a business 
basis as possible, he sought the advice of Mr. Haldane 
who was of great benefit in the gift of some valuable 
guidance towards the launching of a project, which 
subsequently proved to be a great boon to our village. 

In many other particulars, looking to the progres- 
siveness and betterment of local conditions, the in- 
troduction of any modern improvement that would 
make our place justly comparable with others, Mr. 
Haldane was in the forefront with a keen enthusiasm 
and warmhearted encouragement. 

Although Mr. Haldane's business interests were 
largely located in New York, yet he never swerved 
in his loyalty and affection for the place of his birth. 
He loved the Highlands so dearly, and particularly 
his own picturesque home under the shadow of the 
craggy sides of Bull Hill, that he would rather endure 
the fatigue of constant railroad travel than turn from 
a neighborhood of which he was deeply fond. 

It was, of course, in his church relations that I 
knew him best. There the sterling qualities of his 
character were noticeable. He was faithful to the 
interests of his church, eager to see it prosper, proud 
of its success, and he has left tributes of his affection 
for it which, from time to time, he contributed for 
its enrichment. His service as a member of the 
Vestry, extending over a period of many years, until 
he became senior in the office, was marked by an un- 
usual fidelity. He was never absent from a meeting, 
unless otherwise hindered, and when present was an 
active participant in all discussions of moment, freely 
giving of his time and ability when the affairs of the 

88 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands— A History 

church needed the assistance of his legal training. 
His attendance at the services was exceptionally 
regular. Indeed it was the exception when his place 
was vacant either by illness or absence from town, 
and many a time, in the stormy days of winter, when 
the depth of the snow would deplete the congregation 
to a very few, Mr. Haldane would make a particular 
effort to be present, just because he knew there would 
be few and would brave the piercing, cutting winds of 
"Sandy Land" in order to be among the two or three, 
and thus make the holding of a service possible. 

Many who have looked to him for his leadership 
and who have valued his friendship are sensible of 
their loss and will feel his death with sorrow, but 
none more so than his Rector, who always felt the 
strength of his loyal encouragement and the sym- 
pathy of his ever ready support. 

General John Campbell, a vestryman of St. Mary's 
from 1889-1905, was born in Albany, New York, Septem- 
ber 16th, 1821, the descendant of a long line of Scotch an- 
cestry. He was educated there and graduated with the 
degree of M. D. In 1847 he was appointed to the medi- 
cal corps of the army and served in the Mexican War on 
the staff of his personal friend, General Winfield Scott. 
In 1852 he was promoted to captain, and major in 1861. 
He served with distinction throughout the Civil War and 
was brevetted lieutenant colonel and colonel for faithful 
and meritorious service. In 1877 he received the full 
rank of lieutenant colonel and that of colonel in 1884, 
and the following year was placed on the retired list on 
account of the age limit. On April 23rd, 1904, he was 
awarded by an act of Congress, to the rank of brigadier 
general because of faithful service in the Mexican War. 

Vestryman 1889 to 1905 

S. A. 

Vestrymen of St Mary's in the Highlands 89 

General Campbell was intimate with many prominent 
men, among them being Generals Grant, Sheridan and 
Sherman. His family has always been noted in military 
affairs. One of his brothers and his oldest son were 
graduated at West Point. Another of his brothers was 
assistant adjutant general of volunteers in the Civil 
War. General Campbell married Miss Mary Price of 
Wilmington. He had two daughters and six sons, three 
of whom served with the American army in France in 

General Campbell entered into Life Eternal, Christ- 
mas morning, 1905, in the eighty -fifth year of his life. 
At the time of his burial in the family plot here, two days 
later, the flag at West Point was at half mast and minute 
guns were fired out of respect to his memory. 


Henry Metcalfe was born in New York October 29th, 
1847. His father, Dr. John T. Metcalfe, was one of 
New York's distinguished physicians of that time. After 
his education in a private school in Morristown, New 
Jersey, and New Rochelle, he entered the United States 
Military Academy in 1863, and was graduated in June, 
1868, one year having been lost by illness. He was as- 
signed to the ordnance department in which he remained 
until his retirement in 1893, with the rank of captain. 
From 1886 to 1891 he was instructor of ordnance and 
gunnery at West Point, and wrote a course of study on 
the subject. He was much interested in the management 
of workshops while in active service and was the founder 
of the card system now in use. Shortly after his retire- 
ment, Captain Metcalfe made his home here, and was 

90 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

much interested in the civic improvements accomplished 
in the village to which he gave much time and thought. 
He became a member of the vestry in 1895 and served 
until he left Cold Spring in 1910 to take up his residence 
in New York. During his term of service and until he 
removed from the village, he was faithful and conscien- 
tious in his church duties, being seldom absent from the 
services. He always assisted liberally in all contem- 
plated improvements. He was the largest contributor 
to the new organ and always took a keen enjoyment in 
musical matters pertaining to the church. 


Colin Tolmie, the fourth to bear the name, was born 
June 29th, 1859, in Cold Spring, in the house built by his 
father in Paulding Avenue, which his mother has occu- 
pied, since the time of her marriage. Mr. Tolmie went 
to a private school taught by Miss Elizabeth Edwards 
and later attended the Foundry School, after which he 
went to a college preparatory school at Hackettstown, 
New Jersey. His course here was suddenly terminated 
by the tragic death of his father at the West Point Foun- 
dry on April 19th, 1876. In May of this same year he 
entered the drafting room of the West Point Foundry 
for instruction in mechanical designing, under the super- 
vision of Frederick Rumpf, who was the chief engineer 
of the works. He continued in this position until 1886. 
After a varied experience of two years at the same works, 
he took a position as general office manager,under Gouver- 
neur Paulding. In connection with this position he 
helped in the organization of the West Point Foundry 
Company in 1889, which continued in business until 

Vestryman 1903 to 1909 

Vestrymen of St. Mary's in the Highlands 91 

1897, when it was taken over by the firm of J. B. and 
J. M. Cornell Company. Mr. Tolmie continued in 
charge of the office for some years until his resignation. 
Since then he has been engaged in various enterprises 
and at the present time is employed at the Grand Cen- 
tral Terminal. He is now serving as the oldest vestry- 
man in length of service, having entered the vestry in 


John Potts Fillebrown was born in Washington, D, C, 
in 1858. He attended schools in Washington and Law- 
rence ville and graduated from Lafayette College in 1880, 
with the degree of mining engineer. He became a chem- 
ist at various iron works and rose to be superintendent 
of the Secaucus Iron Company and later manager of the 
Montgomery Iron Company, Port Kennedy, Pennsyl- 
vania. Shortly after this Dr. Fillebrown took up the 
study of medicine, attending lectures at Bellevue Hospi- 
tal Medical College, graduating in 1897. He has prac- 
tised medicine in Cold Spring and Washington. He be- 
came a member of the vestry in 1902. 


George David Thomas served on the vestry of St. 
Mary's in the Highlands from 1903 to 1909. Mr. Thom- 
as had been identified with this neighborhood practically 
the whole of his life. Born in Marlboro, Ulster county, 
he was brought to Nelson ville at the age of 13, to which 
place his father had moved his family. Within a year 
his father had died and circumstances required his son 
to leave school at the early age of 14 and seek employ- 

92 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

ment. It was at this time he became associated with the 
West Point Foundry, serving on one of the sloops which 
bore away the products of that then great industry. 
When this means of transportation was abandoned for 
newer and swifter methods, Mr. Thomas was transferred 
to the plant, being connected with one or two of its de- 
partments and rising to a position of responsibility and 
trust. There he remained for twenty-six years, giving 
the best part of his life to his employers, faithful in the 
discharge of his duties, particular in the smallest details, 
doing with his might whatsoever his hands found to do. 
Only being physically unable to continue longer at his 
task did he relinquish his burden to be assumed by 
younger hands. The fidelity that Mr. Thomas expended 
upon his daily labor was the spirit which marked his life 
in all respects. He threw his whole heart into whatever 
he attempted to do, which trait of his character was most 
conspicuously seen in his loyalty as a churchman, unfail- 
ing in the discharge of his obligations as a Communicant, 
always careful to respond to his duties as a Vestryman 
when called to any conference upon matters pertaining 
to the care of his church. 

By reason of a somewhat shy and reticent disposition, 
Mr. Thomas never sought positions of publicity. To 
the ordinary acquaintance he was not demonstrative. 
But those who had come to realize his worth growing to 
know him well and securing his friendship, found the 
quick response of a loving heart. 


James Manning Winslow became a vestryman of St. 
Mary's on March 11th, 1907, and was as faithful and con- 

Vestryman 1907 to 1916 

Vestrymen of St, Mary's in the Highlands 93 

scientious to his duties pertaining to the Church as in all 
matters associated with his professional obligations. He 
was born in Vermont in 1849, and after his education in 
Lowell, Massachusetts, he graduated from the College 
of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and subse- 
quently took a course in the School of Homeopathy. He 
came to Cold Spring in the Autumn of 1886 where he 
established a practise, and when the village was prosper- 
ous gathered together a large number of patients, who 
held him in much esteem and affection. Apart from his 
professional studies and interests, Dr. Winslow was 
deeply interested in religious and theological themes. 
He gave much of his leisure time to Bible study. Being 
one of the most respected citizens of Cold Spring, his loss 
was sincerely felt throughout the village. Dr. Winslow* s 
death occurred December 17, 1916. 


Hugh Gervaise Purcell was one of the younger mem- 
bers of the vestry, being elected April 16th, 1906, and 
remained a member until 1910, when he resigned to make 
his home in California. 

He also served as clerk for three years. Mr. Purcell 
was born in Kamishi, Japan, October 12, 1876. A few 
years later his family came to the United States and made 
their home in California. He was by profession a me- 
chanical engineer, and was employed for five years at the 
West Point Foundry. 


Henry Jaycox Rusk has been associated with the ves- 
try since 1909. He was born in Cold Spring May 15th, 
1882. After his graduation from the Haldane School he 

94 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

entered the New York Law School and graduated from 
there 1901. He practised law here and was elected dis- 
trict attorney. On August 25th, 1917, he went to Pitts- 
burgh, obtained the commission of first lieutenant and 
was stationed at Camp Dix until the close of the war 
with Germany. He served as treasurer from 1909 to 


William Henry Taylor was born May 24th, 1846. His 
father was a jeweller, doing business in New York, and 
died when his son was but an infant. When six years 
old he came with his mother to live in Cold Spring, and 
after his school days, studied law for a while in the office 
of J. O. Dykman. He did not pursue the legal profes- 
sion, but took a position in the West Point Foundry 
September 2nd, 1861, remaining there until 1899. He 
is now serving as watchman and caretaker of the remains 
of this once prosperous plant where he spent so many 
years of his life. He became a vestryman April 8th, 1912. 


During the long course of her history, the Church of St. 
Mary's in the Highlands has been represented on her ves- 
try by seven physicians. Of all these none served more 
faithfully in the counsels of the Church nor were more 
zealous for its welfare, than was Richard Giles. He was 
elected to the vestry in 1913 and from the very beginning 
took a keen and active interest in the affairs of the parish 
until the time of his death, which occurred January 19, 

Dr. Giles was born in New York in 1861, and after his 
early education there entered the College of Physicians 

Vestryman 1913 to 1918 

Vestrymen of St. Mary's in the Highlands 95 

and Surgeons, from which he was graduated in 1882. 
After his graduation he served for a time at the Charity 
Hospital on Blackwell's Island, going from there to 
Europe for medical studies, which he pursued at Berlin, 
Vienna and Dublin. In 1888, Dr. Giles came to Cold 
Spring as an assistant to Dr. George W. Murdock, in 
which capacity he served for several years. After Dr. 
Murdock's retirement, Dr. Giles succeeded to his prac- 
tice. At one time he thought of entering the holy minis- 
try but chose instead for his calling a vocation which, in 
many respects, is the most beautiful and useful employ- 
ment in life. As an officer of the vestry Dr. Giles was 
wise and helpful. He was ever studying ways and 
means for the progress of the parish. It was when on 
his way to dutifully fulfil his obligation to attend a meet- 
ing of the vestry that he was stricken with the fatal ill- 
ness that caused his death, bringing its sorrow into the 
lives of many people who respected and loved him. 


Charles A. Miller was elected to the vestry in 1914, 
after the death of his father, Charles Miller. He served 
two years, resigning in order to take up hi s residence at 
Beacon, N. Y., where he is at present established in 


James Dawson Monroe became a vestryman April 
24th, 1916, and was appointed clerk of the vestry almost 
immediately after his election, which position he has 
filled admirably. He was born August 11th, 1876, and 
after finishing school, he entered the office of the J. B. 
and J. M. Cornell Company, taking a clerical position. 

96 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

For several years he was engaged in the painting business, 
which he was obliged to abandon. He is now employed 
in the Grand Central Terminal. 


Charles Oscar Thomas was born in Cold Spring May 
15th, 1870. After leaving school he entered the office of 
the West Point Foundry as a clerk, where he stayed for 
several years. He left that department of the foundry 
to take up the trade of a machinist, which for a time he 
followed. In the early part of 1897, he took a position 
on the New York Central Railroad, where he has been 
ever since, and is highly valued by his employers for his 
faithfulness and integrity. 

He was elected a vestryman in 1917, and is imitating 
the same loyal spirit of his grandfather, Alexander 
Hamilton, who was one of the earliest and most devoted 
vestrymen of the parish. 


John Henry Coleman entered upon his duties as vestry- 
man April 1st, 1918. He was born September 29th, 1889, 
and after leaving school, entered the employ of the 
National Bank of Cold Spring on Hudson, July 17th, 
1905, where he served seven years as clerk, and six years 
as teller. He is now filling a position with the Mercan- 
tile Trust and Deposit Company of New York. He is 
one of the most popular young men of the village, and 
because of the trustworthiness of his character, is sought 
after for many posts of responsibility. He is treasurer 
of the village, and became treasurer of the church April 
20th, 1918. 

Vestrymen of St. Mary's in the Highlands 97 


John Sedgwick Cunningham was elected to the vestry 
June 1st, 1918, and is therefore, at this time, its junior 
member. He was born July 20th, 1880, and his whole 
life has been spent in this community. He is engaged 
in the business of a florist and has considerable custom 
in New York and elsewhere. In addition to his office of 
vestryman, he has faithfully discharged the position of 
sexton for seventeen years, having been appointed to that 
office June 9th, 1902. 

The following is a tabulated list of vestrymen, from 
the beginning of the parish, with their years of service: 

Henry C. deRham, 1841. 

Alexander Hamilton, 1866 to 1884. 

John Taylor, 1866 to 1876. 

Mathias McCaffrey, 1873 to 1880. 

Albert Amerman, 1873 to 1895. 

Gouverneur Kemble, 2nd, Vestryman, 1873 to 1878. 

Warden 1878 to 1898. 
Gouverneur Paulding, 1873 to 1898. Warden 1898 

to 1913. 
George E. Harney, 1867 to 1873. 
Robert B. Hitchcock, 1867 to 1888. 
Frederick P. James, 1873 to 1886 and 1883 to 1884. 
William Young, 1873 to 1875 and 1877 to 1878. 
Frederick D. Lente, 1875 to 1876. 
Charles Miller, 1876 to 1887. Warden 1887 to 1914. 
William H. Ladue, 1876 to 1903. 
Ellis Henderson Timm, 1876 to 1907. 
George Wilson Murdock, 1878 to 1889. 
William I. Paulding, 1878 to 1879. 
James Nathaniel Paulding, 1880 to 1898. 
James H. Haldane, 1881 to 1887. 

98 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Charles William Whipple, 1882 to 1883. 
William Van Wyck, 1885 to 1887. 
Daniel Butterfield, 1887 to 1901. 
William Henry Haldane, 1887 to 1913. 
John Campbell, 1899 to 1905. 
Henry Metcalfe, 1895 to 1910. 
George David Thomas, 1903 to 1909. 
Hugh Gervaise Purcell, 1906 to 1910. 
James Manning Winslow, 1907 to 1916. 
Richard Giles, 1913 to 1918. 
Charles A. Miller, 1914 to 1916. 

The vestrymen who are serving the church at the pres- 
ent, time are: 

Colin Tolmie (the oldest member of the Vestry 
in point of service, having been elected 
in 1898.) 

John Potts Fillebrown, elected 1902. 

Henry J. Rusk, elected 1909. 

William Henry Taylor, elected 1912. 

James Dawson Monroe, elected 1916. 

Charles Oscar Thomas, elected 1917. 

John Henry Coleman, elected 1918. 

John Sedgwick Cunningham, elected 1918. 




ANY history of the parish of St. Mary's in the High- 
lands would be inexcusably incomplete, if refer- 
ence were omitted to some of those leading 
women of the past, who by their many deeds and gifts 
rendered conspicuous service to the needs and calls of 
the church. Foremost among these is Mary Parrott, 
the noble aid of her gifted husband, Robert Parker Par- 
rott, whose memories are to-day tenderly associated 
with the church they did so much to establish and gave 
to future generations. 

Mrs. Parrott was born in New York on Easter Day, 
1799, being descended from an English family which 
came to this country about 1730. Her early days were 
spent at her father's country home at Mount Kemble, 
near Morristown, N. J. In her early years she spent 
much time with her sister, Gertrude, the wife of James 
K. Paulding, who was in Washington at this time, fill- 
ing a federal office. Mrs. Parrott entered into the social 
life of Washington and had the opportunity of meeting 
many notable people. While in Washington she served 
as bridesmaid for her cousin the daughter of President 
Monroe, at her marriage to Samuel Gouverneur. 

The advent of certain circumstances brought Mrs. 
Parrott into touch with Cold Spring, and her marriage 

100 St Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

to Robert P. Parrott in 1839 established her here as a 
resident. Mrs. Parrott survived her husband many 
years, her life closing October 21st, 1890, having turned 
the corner of the last years of a century. At the time 
of her death she was probably the oldest resident of 
Cold Spring, and was sorely missed and mourned by 
those, and they were many, upon whom she had bestowed 
abundant acts of loving service. 

Mrs. Parrott possessed an unusually beautiful charac- 
ter. She was a cultured, Christian woman, open handed 
and open hearted in her gifts. She had a. strong per- 
sonality and was endowed with much tact and sympa- 
thy, which drew forth the affection of the whole parish. 
She entered with singular tenderness and feeling into 
the joys and sorrows of the community, visiting the 
sick, ministering relief to the needy, ameliorating any 
form of distress which was brought to her attention. 
At a wedding or a funeral, Mrs. Parrott always sent 
her carriage with flowers for the occasion. Her home 
life was ideal, its happ ness on y broken by the dea h 
of her husband in 1877. 

Mrs. Parrott loved to entertain, and her picturesque 
house of many gables, situated in a grove of oak trees, 
was the scene of many charming entertainments and 
gatherings of the illustrious. She particularly loved 
the children of the parish, and always presided at their 
yearly strawberry festivals, assisted by members of the 
church, probably and fittingly named in her honor, which 
she helped to build by her inspiration and her gifts. 


Ellen Kemble, who departed this life December 11th, 


Benefactresses of St. Mary's in the Highlands 101 

1905, was one of the most beautiful characters which 
it has been the privilege and joy of this parish to include 
among its members. She was born in New York, Oc- 
tober 28th, 1827. From the earliest years of her life 
she was zealous in good works, and her particular interest 
lay in the task of reclaiming and protecting young lives 
that had wandered from the path of rectitude, bringing 
them back and starting them anew in living for better 
things. Her zeal for this important charity never flag- 
ged, and from 1860 to 1892 she took an active part in 
the work of the House of Mercy, serving that institu- 
tion as treasurer, devoting her efforts to the gathering 
of funds to carry on the activities of this most important 
branch of welfare work. It is said that owing to her 
unwearied and efficient efforts the prosperity of this 
institution was largely due, and even after she was com- 
pelled, by the infirmities of age, to relinquish an active 
connection with it, yet she still maintained her interest 
to the end of her life, showing it by the counsel and en- 
couragement she was ever giving to those who were 
entrusted with its activities. 

Another New York institution that Miss Kemble was 
particularly interested in, was St. Luke's Home for Aged 
Women, which is under the care of Trinity Parish, and 
of which she was its secretary. In the early record of 
gifts bestowed upon objects outside the parish are fre- 
quent mentions of large sums of money collected for 
these two particular institutions through her loyal and un- 
tiring efforts. She was also deeply interested in St. 
Mary's Free Hospital for Children, which was supported 
by voluntary subscriptions. Miss Kemble helped to 
found it and was indefatigible in her devotion to this 

102 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

hospital, gathering together large gifts for its main- 
tenance. Among her remarkable attainments was her 
faculty for raising money, an art which Bishop Potter 
recognized and applauded by calling her "his best 

Ellen Kemble was a devoted Church woman. Her 
faith was staunch and true, and bore its witness in her 
Christian life, as shown by her zealous labors for the 
good of human souls, and the uplift of human lives. The 
latter years of her life were spent in New York and be- 
coming attached to St. Chrysostom's Chapel, for twenty- 
one years she threw herself, so far as she could, into its 
activities, but she never forgot the church of her early 
years, remembering it in her will by a legacy of $250.00, 
which was the first legacy it ever received, and which 
she requested should be spent in helping to keep the 
church free from the damaging influences of time. 

Ellen Kemble spent her winters in New York, but 
during the summer months she made her home in Cold 
Spring and entered vigorously into the work of the par- 
ish, especially the Sunday School, having as a vigorous 
helper Mary Kemble, the wife of Dr. F. D. Lente. 
Among her parochial activities was a sewing school, 
held in the sacristy of the old church, composed of the 
following members: 

Ann J. Prince, Mary Rees, 

Anna M. Robinson, Margaret Amerman, 

Mary Robinson, Caroline A. Davenport, 

Mary Hamilton, Phoebe J. Cronk, 

Mary Gray, Isabel Sloane. 

In later days most of these names are found as mem- 
bers of her Bible class, which she mentions in her diary 


Benefactresses of St. Mary's in the Highlands 103 

as starting July 8th, 1860, and which grew to such ex- 
tensive proportions that she was compelled to take the 
largest room in the home of her father, William Kemble, 
which was the laundry, and here summer after summer 
she taught the young girls who gathered about her the 
beautiful principles of a Christian womanhood. 

Miss Kemble was particularly happy in the way of 
imparting her teachings and her talks of wise counsel 
and sympathy to the prisoners at some of the penal in- 
stitutions of New York, Sunday after Sunday, made a 
deep impression. This work she continued until the 
fading strength of advanced years compelled her to re- 
linquish it. 


In the death of Julia Lorillard Butterfield, which oc- 
curred August 6th, 1913, in her ninetieth year, the church 
lost one of its greatest helpers. She was ever ready 
with an open purse to respond to any appeal made in 
its behalf. She gave liberally to every parochial cause 
presented to her. Her generous contribution for the 
extinction of the debt resting upon the parish was one 
of her unsolicited and spontaneous gifts. This was 
followed by a large participation in the fund raised for 
the installing of the organ. She gave largely to the 
Reredos. She participated with her first husband, F. 
P. James, in constructing the building built in memory 
of her son. She renovated it July 4th, 1891, and equip- 
ped it with electric lights. She gave the beautiful cross 
surmounting its eastern gable, which she purchased 
in St. Petersburgh. She provided $5,000.00 in her will, 
part of the income of which was to be drawn upon for 

104 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

the up-keep of this memorial. The climax of her person- 
al gifts to the parish was the legacy of $10,000 she left 
for the erection of a rectory upon the grounds of the 
church, thereby filling a long felt want. 

This building was started May 19, 1916, the corner- 
stone being laid June 23, 1916. It was dedicated by 
Bishop Burch on the day of the celebration of the seven- 
ty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the parish, No- 
vember 19, 1916. Hobart B. Upjohn, grandson of the 
famous architect of churches, was the architect selected 
to build the rectory, and under his skill and able manage- 
ment the parish possesses a simple but unusually at- 
tractive home for its rectors, and it will be a perpetual 
monument to the last gracious act of the donor in pro- 
viding for the needs of the church. Bishop Greer, when 
learning of Mrs. Butterfield's remembrance to the 
church, sent the following letter: 

March 19, 1915. 
My dear Mr. Floyd- Jones: — 

Just a line to say that I congratulate you with all 
my heart upon your good fortune. I only wish it had 
been three or four times the amount; but still I am 
thankful that it is as much as it is. 

With kindest regards and best wishes, believe me, 
Sincerely Yours, David H. Greer. 

The following tender and touching lines written by 
C. G. H., presumably Mrs. Cecilia Gaines Holland, an 
intimate and devoted friend of Mrs. Butterfield, ex- 
pressed in affectionate words the impression Mrs. But- 
terfield made upon her: 

Youth was her friend and tarried long to bless 
So fair was she, so gentle and so kind 


Benefactresses of St. Mary's in the Highlands 105 

Time, loitering lovingly enriched her mind 
The store of treasure such as few possess 
That knowledge other souls in love to reach 
The insight that reveals life's nobler works 
The warmth of earth which is the boon of youth 
And wisdom that the world can never teach, 
A patriot was she to her true heart's core 
Her courtesy and grace of olden time. 
The art of living, though to her sublime, 
She faced with fearless eyes the open door, 
The flowers of love she sowed where'er she trod 
Made sweet the path that leads us all to God. 

Julia L. Butterfield, to whom this parish owes so much, 
was born December 19th, 1824, in St. Mark's Place, 
New York, near Eighth Street. She came to Cold 
Spring in 1852, and up to the time of her death, spent 
a large portion of the year at her beautiful home " Crag- 
side, '' which, during her life-time, was the most attrac- 
tive place in the neighborhood. Mrs. Butterfield loved 
to entertain, and here frequently many persons of note 
were her guests, among them being the Grand Duke of 
Russia, the Count of Paris, two presidents of the United 
States, several governors of states, famous generals of 
the United States army, bishops and archbishops. No- 
where did the charm of the gracious owner of "Cragside" 
show itself more than in the courtesies and hospitality 
she often extended to her friends. 


In the death of Wilhelmina Douglas Young, widow 
of Dr. Wm. Young, which occurred in Cold Spring, June 
19, 1905, the Church of St. Mary's in the Highlands 
lost one of her oldest and most devoted members. She 

106 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

was the daughter of the Rev. William Hawley, for many 
years rector of St. John's Church, Washington, in which 
city she was born in 1825. Mrs. Young made her resi- 
dence here for forty-five years, and her beautiful char- 
acter displayed in her life endeared her to everyone fortu- 
nate enough to know her. She lived her religion. 
"Whatever her hand could find to do for her church, 
she did it with her might." The sincerity of her Chris- 
tian life was an unfailing testimony to the depth and 
reality of her religious convictions. The following ser- 
mon, preached to her memory by her rector, who ad- 
mired and loved her, is an inadequate testimony of the 
value and example of her life in her parish and in the 
community at large: 

"There is no fear in love, but perfect love caste th 
out fear; because fear hath torment. He that fear- 
eth is not made perfect in love. 1 St. John, 4, 18. 

The Apostle of the Lord, who was qualified to 
write these words, was, himself, the Apostle of love. 
He shared most fully the love of the Master he 
served, "He was the disciple whom Jesus loved." 
His one hope was to see the Kingdom of Christ 
begun, and to have a share in it with Him whom he 
had loved through shame and defeat. His heart 
beat in unison with Christ. He loved what Christ 
loved, worked for what Christ wanted. "Nothing 
could separate him from the love of Christ." He 
so lived as not to be ashamed of Christ at His coming. 
It was, therefore, that sort of love which the Apostle 
St. John had that made him fit to be chosen to place 
that ideal before Christians, after which to strive. 
His own Love was that type of love that is fearless. 
So full was he of the "Love of Christ which passeth 
knowledge," so much did he know of it and believe 


Benefactresses of St. Mary's in the Highlands 107 

in it, that his thoughts of things to come were bereft 
of that fear which is attached to the changes and ac- 
cidents of this mortal life. 

In writing, therefore, of a fearless love, St. John 
explains what kind of love a fearless love is. It is a 
love, directed towards God, "that casteth out fear," 
for the reason that "fear hath torment," consequent- 
ly, "He that feareth is not made perfect in love." 
For if love implies attraction, then fear must lead to 
repulsion, so that fear and love are incompatible. 
They exist only where love has not been perfected, 
they cannot be fellow lodgers in the proper feeling 
towards God. 

The only thing that will exclude fear, is a "perfect 
love." It must be a "perfect love," because to cease 
to fear might lead to great rashness of life, irrever- 
ence and presumptiousness. Thus the absence of 
fear is not, at all, the same thing as "perfect love." 
Not to fear God, is no proof of love's perfection, 
because there is a kind of fear which springs out of 
ignorance, self-conceit, defiance and hardness of 
heart, the penalty of an unloving nature. The chief 
thing to turn to, and the right end at which to begin, 
is the love in the heart, not the fear in it. With your 
love, true, sincere, see that it is growing, that it 
stands the test of trial and trouble, and as your love 
is pure and more perfected, God will soothe and cure 
your fear, that sort of fear which is dread, that may 
deter you from sin, but which will not lead you to 

Here, then, my friends, you see what sort that 
"perfect love" is, of which the Apostle speaks, a love 
which is not wholly attainable here, but only partial- 
ly so, yet sufficiently so, and perfectly possible to 
reach out for. It is that possession of the love of 
God, so closely united to us, so strong within us, 
sweetly subduing our fears with its tenderness, that 

108 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

love through which sin is pardoned and destroyed, a 
love that stills and calms the torments which disturb 
and vex the soul. It is that sort of love, which keep- 
ing so close to Jesus Christ, lifts the burden of the 
shivering dread of the slave, who fears the lash, or 
the culprit the verdict, or the man who hides his 
talent from God, fearing Him as austere. His that 
perfect love of God which converts a servile fear, a 
fear which hath torment, incompatible with holy- 
love, clothing life in a new aspect, enabling him to 
regard things in a different spirit, inspiring him with 
a holy confidence, imparting courage, inciting hope, 
creating a love which is as strong as death, giving us 
a righteous trust in God. 

Dear brethren, there is need among us for the 
teaching of the affectionate disciple of the Lord Jesus, 
for is not human life full of fear? We all know things 
that are dark, we are all afraid of something, even the 
bravest of us, and religious fears are the worst of all, 
because the torment of hearts is the most painful. 
There is a condition of human nature, in which God, 
who ought to bring to the heart that "peace which 
passeth all understanding," brings instead a dread 
ghastly and most unnatural. The one thing which 
haunts the life of us all are the fears in it, fear for the 
changes which darken the horizon, fear as we enter 
the cloud of uncertainty, fear because of the evil 
around and in us, fear of the judgments and trials 
of God's Providence, fear for what disposition shall 
be made of sins and follies, how we shall be judged 
for the little good we have done in the world, and for 
letting life slip by without having made it more use- 
ful. There are some who are not tortured by these 
thoughts, whose fear is dispelled, not by "perfect 
love," but by a levity of life, which will not give place 
to unwelcome thoughts, and by trying to shut their 
eyes to what they do not want to see, thus evade the 

Benefactresses of St. Mary's in the Highlands 109 

real facts, but those who do take life seriously and 
who do not turn from the deep things of the heart 
carelessly, are confronted by a fear left behind by sin 
and that is the cause of it. The shadow that sin 
casts is a disquietude because of a discordance with 
God, the being out of harmony with God, the feeling 
that the "heart is not right in the sight of God." 
My friends, there is a remedy for this and that is 
what God, through the writing of the Apostle John, 
has given us. There is only one thing to rid the 
heart of human sin, giving us His indwelling spirit 
to grapple with sin and overcome its consequences, 
lightening the heart of its burdens, mitigating the 
penalty of sin, dispelling dread and the torture of 
terror, which is the attitude of a man whose sense is 
one unforgiven. 

No new doctrine is this, dear brethren, it is the old 
song of prophet and psalmist in the far off ages, of 
the preparation of the world for Christ. "I will love 
Thee, O, Lord my shield, the Lord is my strong rock 
and my defense, My Saviour, My God and my might 
in whom I will trust, the horn also of my salvation 
and my refuge." Thou wilt keep him in perfect 
peace whose mind is stayed on Thee. "The 
righteous shall never be moved. He will not be 
afraid of evil tidings, for his heart standeth fast and 
belie veth in the Lord." Out of the remote past did 
this message of encouragement come, and the 
Apostle, writing under the dictation of the Spirit of 
the Lord, adds the reason for such hope. This is the 
evidence of the inconceivable length to which the 
love of God has been extended, in the mission of His 
Incarnate Son. The mercy He has displayed has 
given us courage wherewith to look forward with 
calmness and quiet. The qualification for this 
calmness is the life of the soul that loves and cleaves 
to God. We must live so as to be on the side of 

110 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

goodness, truth, love and holiness, living with God 
in our deeds and thoughts and affections. That is 
the way to overcome what affrights and terrifies. 
In proportion as we give to God the first place in our 
lives, loving Him with a perfect heart, trying to be 
one with Him, in mind and will and desire, trying 
to wish what He wishes, trying to do what He can 
approve, to relinquish what He hates, then, so much 
larger will that shield of confidence become to resist 
the fears of which life is so full. 

It sometimes happens, that in the friends we make 
and the people we meet, there are lives which exhibit 
in their character some strong evidence of Christian 
living, which displays a Christian principle, such as 
that which St. John tells of. Cannot I point you 
today, my friends, to such a life that has been 
amongst us, whom God has taken to Himself as a 
choice vessel of His grace, extinguishing the light of 
a character that shone so brilliantly for Christ, only 
that it may shine more gloriously in some one of the 
many mansions of God's dwelling place. Her going 
from this community deprives us of a personality, 
sweet, pure and lovely, and the loss of her fellowship 
in the church, the dearest object of her love, deprives 
us of an influence of great Christian power. 

Most of you, to whom I speak, knew her longer 
than I did, and thus had longer enjoyed the benefits 
of her friendship, and so you were able sooner to dis- 
cover what was always so apparent in her character, 
the love that lay behind her life, and which inspired 
her actions. Upon that love her religion was built. 
It controlled her heart and soul and mind, directing 
them to that love of God which comprehends the first 
of all commandments, and satisfies the chief require- 
ments of Christian discipleship. It was that 
strength of love which characterized her Christianity 
and colored it with the uppermost elements of joy. 

Benefactresses of St. Mary's in the Highlands 111 

To come into her presence was to feel the effect of 
the sunshine of her love that she ever sought to shed 
upon and brighten other lives. She lived as one of 
whom it could be said, that in her heart and life she 
had been with Jesus. It was toward the things of 
Christ that her love was directed. Upon them she 
expended the best treasures of her heart. It was a 
love for Him which stirred her hand to give in His 
name, and which moved her lips to speak for his 
cause. There, dear brethren, is the concrete ex- 
ample of a "perfect love which casts out fear," that 
sort of love which feels the touch of Christ's presence, 
which floods the life with hope, and which, in the 
humble trust in the Master's word, consigns the life 
God gave into His keeping, and which transforms 
the dark aspects of death with the Christian radi- 
ance of a triumphant expectation. 

May the rich lessons of that beautiful example 
which has shed its lustre amongst us, live on, speak- 
ing for God. What He gave to a life which has de- 
parted in the true faith of His Holy Name to tell for 
Him, as we treasure and cherish her memory, may 
the mantle of her love fall upon us all, a love so kindly 
in its feeling, so gentle in its judgment, so forbearing 
with mistakes, so ready to wipe out offences, so quick 
to respond to the utmost of her power, in ways of ser- 
vice to all who approached her for counsel, comfort 
and assistance. 

While God sees fit to leave us here, to grow in 
grace, may we be ever seeking and perfecting that 
love which beautifies the heart, takes away the 
shame of meeting the Lord at His appearing, dispels 
fear, and speeds us forward in the service of the Lord. 


Mary Walton Kemble must be placed among the 
benefactresses of St. Mary's in the Highlands, as being 

112 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

one of those who graciously remembered the parish in 
the distribution of her property. In her will appeared 
the following article: 

I give and bequeath to the Rector, Church 
Wardens and Vestrymen of St. Mary's Protestant 
Episcopal Church, situated in the Highlands, in the 
County of Putnam and State of New York, in memo- 
ry of my Father, Richard F. Kemble, and my 
Mother, Charlotte Morris Kemble, the sum of five 
thousand dollars, with the request that they care for 
the graves of the Kemble family so long as their re- 
mains shall remain in the Cemetery attached to the 
said Church, or for so long as the Cemetery attached 
to said Church shall remain under the control of the 
said Rector, Church Wardens and Vestrymen of St. 
Mary's Protestant Episcopal Church. 

Miss Kemble, in wording her bequest, was evidently 
under the impression that the parish had its own ceme- 
tery adjacent to the church, and was somewhat con- 
fused as to the exact location of her plot, but the vestry, 
being obliged to recognize her intention, decided upon 
the wise course of sharing the bequest with the Cold 
Spring Cemetery Association, to the amount of $750.00, 
which had been determined by proper authority as a 
sufficient sum to meet the terms of Miss Kemble's will. 
On May 22nd, 1912, the vestry passed the following 
resolution : 

Resolved that the payment of $750.00 be made to 
the Cold Spring Cemetery Association, to provide 
for the upkeep in perpetuity of the Kemble plot, 
made in connection with the bequest of $5000.00 to 
the church under the will of the late Miss Mary W. 


Benefactresses of St. Mary's in the Highlands 113 

To these resolutions the Cold Spring Cemetery As- 
sociation replied in the following acknowledgement: 

The Cold Spring Cemetery Association acknowl- 
edges the receipt of $750.00 from the Church of St. 
Mary's in the Highlands, pursuant to the bequest 
in the will of Mary W. Kemble, and agrees to invest 
the same and apply the income arising therefrom to 
the repair and preservation of any tomb, monument 
or other structure, the planting or cultivating of 
shrubs, flowers or plants in or around the lots in Sec- 
tion B in the Cemetery Grounds of said Association, 
in which are graves of the Kemble family. 
(Signed) C. J. Baxter, President 

James E. Reilly, Treasurer 
Gerald V. Grace, Sec. 

After the sum agreed upon had been paid to the ceme- 
tery association the amount remaining for the church 
was $4250.00, which was invested and an endowment 
fund created thereby. 

Mary W. Kemble, to whom the church is indebted for 
this valuable legacy, was born in 1837 at Mount Kemble, 
about four miles from Morristown. She was a lifelong 
resident of New York and died there December 8, 1910. 


Rachael Greenwood Carmichael, who was a life-long 
member of this parish, was born in Manchester, England, 
in 1841. When one year old she was brought to this 
country by her parents, who settled in Nelsonville, her 
father being employed in the West Point Foundry. She 
married James Carmichael, who for many years was in 
business in Cuba. Mrs. Carmichael showed the love 

114 St Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

she had for her church, not only by faithfully support- 
ing it during her life time but leaving it a legacy 
of $1000.00, the income of which she requested might 
be used for providing the church with fuel. She died 
June 4th, 1914, in the seventy-fourth year of her age. 




THE Parish of St. Mary's in the Highlands has 
always been fortunate throughout the long years 
of its history, in having among its members, 
from time to time, many whose love for their church 
inspired them to bestow their gifts upon it, for its adorn- 
ment and enrichment. Many of these gifts were in the 
form of memorials to departed friends, and it was always 
a joy to those who could remember them in this way to 
place their tributes of love and affection in the church 
where in the one household of faith they had knelt side 
by side for many years. 

Standing in the forefront of all the gifts made to the 
parish was the princely one of $70,000.00, presented to 
the building fund of the new church, September 13th, 
1868. The real donor or donors of this noble gift have 
never been disclosed, but there is not the slightest doubt 
that the larger part of it came from him whose heart 
and whose hand were ever open to the needs of the 
church, and there is also abundant testimony available 
that he presented this gift as a thankoffering for the 
cessation of the Civil War. Closely following it was 
another of munificent proportions from Frederick P. 
James, who gave $5000.00 to the erection of the church 
and the stone in addition, taken from those sloping crags 
on the side of Bull Hill which gave the name to his home, 

116 St. Alary 9 s Church in the Highlands — A History 


June 7, 

March 2, 
March 2, 





To the first church the gifts with the name of their 
donors and the time when they were given are here re- 
produced, from a careful parochial record which men- 
tions them: 

Prayer Book Mary Parrott. 
Gas Fixtures (Donor not re- 

New Furnace, Robert P. Par- 

An Altar Cross, W. A. Gould 
(This cross now stands in the 
sacristy of the present church) 
a White Pall, Robert Wells, 
a Purple Pall, Mrs. Robert P. 

Altar Vases, Mrs. Robert P. 

a Sacramental Spoon, Mrs. F. 
D. Lente. 

a Fair Linen Cloth, Mrs. 
Robert P. Parrott. 
White Altar Hangings, Mrs. 
F. P. James. 

An Organ, costing $1,030.00 
(given, presumably, by sub- 

Book for Sunday School Li- 
brary, Charles J. Nourse. 
2 Silver Chalices presumably 
given by Mary Parrott and 
still in use. 

November 1, 1862. 

February 1, 1862. 





August 28, 1863. 

The gifts and memorials given to the present Church 
of St. Mary's have been numerous, and are remarkable, 
not only for their diversity, but for the number of those 

Gifts, Memorials to St. Mary's in the Highlands 117 

participating in them. They are here mentioned in 
the order of the date of presentation: 

1868. a Marble Font, placed in the 
Church by subscription, and 
costing $800.00. The name 
of some of the subscribers par- 
ticipating were: 

John Worthington $ 5 . 00 John Taylor $ 2 . 00 

Albert Amerman 5 . 00 John Nicholson $ 2 . 00 

S. S. Barrows 5 . 00 Chas. Amerman 1 . 00 

Matthias McCaffrey, Jr 3 . 00 Matthias McCaffrey 2 . 00 

Chas. A. Purdy 1 . 00 Margaret McCaffrey . 

Peter R. Heaton 2 . 00 John Jones 

Wm. H. Taylor 3.00 Richard Shriver 

John Hamilton 2 . 00 Dallas Wood 

E. Emmet 10 . 00 Andrew Green 

Sunday School 50 . 00 John Wild 

James Sears 2 . 00 Frederick Wells 

Robt. J. Jones 3 . 00 Alex. Coe 

Franklin Couch 1 .00 E. Chamberlin 

Linsdale Turner 2 . 00 Wm. Harrison 

Joseph Coe 5 . 00 E. Meisgram 

J. H. Briggs 3.00 

Alex. Hamilton 5.00 $131.00 

Circa 1875. Oil lamps given by the women 

of the Parish. Made by J. 
and R. Lamb of New York. 
These lamps are still in use and 
show, after this long period of 
time, their excellency of con- 

Windows erected by Geo. 
E. Harney, in memory of Marie 
Henshaw Harney, Mary Anne 
Hitchcock, and Robert B. 
Hitchcock. These are of the 
finest glass and were made by 
J. W. Hardman of England. 























118 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

1885. An Altar Desk, given by the 
Sunday School. 

1886. A Fald stool, given by the chil- 
dren of the Parish. 

1895. Altar Service Book, given by 
Wm. H. Haldane. 

1896. Sanctuary Chair, given by Wil- 
helmina D. Young. 

1896. Sanctuary Mats, given by Wil- 
helmina D. Young. 
Violet Hangings, given by Wil- 
helmina D. Young. 
Altar Vases, given by Eliza- 
beth Floyd- Jones. (These vases 
were stolen Jan. 25, 1896 and 
were replaced by donor) 

1896. Prayer Books, given by Girls' 
Friendly Society. 

1896. Altar Linen, given by Sydda 
B. Arnold. 

1896. Cruet in memory of Gertrude 
M. Farragut, given by Henry 

1896. Altar Cross, in memory of Ellen 
Kemble Pennington and 
Robert P. Paulding, given by 
Mrs. P. K. Paulding, Mrs. Geo. 
W. Murdock, and Mrs. Wm. 
H. Haldane. 

1896. Alms Basin, given by Wm. H. 

1896. White Hangings, Elizabeth 

*White Hangings, Altar Guild 
Green Hangings, " " 

*The Altar Guild of St. Mary's was organized January 17, 1894. Since 
then it has expended $1290.00 in meeting the requirements of the altar and 

Gifts, Memorials, to St. Mary's in the Highlands 119 

1896. Red Hangings in memory of 
Mrs. P. K. Paulding, given by 
her friends. 

Chalice and Patton given by 
Walter Thompson, D.D. 

1899. Service Books in memory of 
Irving Schoudell, by Eliza 
Schoudell, his mother. 

1899. Ewer in memory of Elizabeth 
B. Underhill, given by Eliza- 
beth Floyd-Jones, Edward P. 
Floyd-Jones, iVrthur and El- 
bert Floyd- Jones. 

1901. There-branch Candle-stick, in 
memory of E. P. Hawley, given 
by Wilhelmina D. Young. 

1905. Lectern in memory of Wilhel- 
mina D. Young, given by Dr. 
and Mrs. John P. Fillebrown. 

1905. Eucharistic Candle-sticks, in 
memory of Sarah J. Benjamin, 
given by Edith M. Benjamin. 

1905. Corporal given by Sarah Bard 

1 905 . Hymn Boards, given in memory 
of Sarah J. Benjamin, by her 
children and grand children. 

1906. Bread Box in memory of John 
Campbell given by Kathryn 

1907. Choir Stalls, in memory of 
John Campbell, given by Mary 
P. Campbell. 

1909. Reredos given, in larger part, 
by Julia L. Butterfield. 

1913. Chancel Books, given by the 
Altar Guild. 

120 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

1913. Altar Books, given by Sarah B. 

1917. Flag Pole, presented by Edith 
M. Benjamin in memory of W. 
Montgomery Arnold. 
June 15, 1919. The changing of location of 

font and re-arrangement of 
pews around it; the gift of E. 
Floyd-Jones, in grateful recog- 
nition of the twenty-fifth an- 
niversary of his ordination to 
the priesthood. 
December 4, 1919. Chalice, given by Alice P. Hal- 

dane in memory of her mother. 
In addition to these gifts a number of memorial 
tablets have been placed in the Church by their fami- 
lies : 

Gouveneur Kemble, First Senior Warden. 
Robert Parker Parrott, Second Senior Warden, 
Mary Parrott, wife of Robert P. .Parrott, 
Gouverneur Kemble, Third Senior Warden, 
Richard F. Kemble, Born May 22nd, 1800, died Jan. 

22nd, 1888. 
Charlotte Morris Kemble, his wife, born April 3rd, 

1812, died June 2nd, 1838. 
Peter Kemble Paulding, Born Aug. 9, 1819, Died 

April 22nd, 1900. 
Elizabeth Parsons Paulding, Born Aug. 7, 1820. 

Died Oct. 15, 1897 
Marian Harwood Paulding, Born July 13, 1854. 

Died Sept. 10, 1880. 
Robert Parrott Paulding, Born Oct. 7, 1846. Died 

Mar. 28, 1889. 
Beatrice Paulding Freeman. Born Mar. 22, 1858, 

Died June 22, 1905. 
Ellen Kemble Pennington. Born July 18, 1853. 
Died May 27, 1882. 


Showing Memorial Lectern, Pulpit, Stalls, Hymn Boards, and Altar 
Appointments given in memory of the departed members of the Parish 

by their friends. 

Gifts, Memorials, to St. Mary's in the Highlands 121 

William Young, Died Oct. 26, 1902. 

John Henry Weir Young. Died May 3rd, 1882. 

William H. Ladue, for 27 years a Vestryman. 


In 1906 the suggestion was made that the church 
should have a new pulpit of more beautiful and suitable 
design and which would be more in keeping with the 
architectural features of the church. The idea was 
conceived and circulated that it should be of a memorial 
character, to be erected in the sacred memory of all the 
communicants of the parish who had departed this life 
in the faith of God's Holy Name. The suggestion was 
heartily approved, and a design, presented by Charles 
C. Haight, was accepted. A communication was at 
once established with former members of the parish, 
so far as their addresses could be obtained, informing 
them of the design and intention of the memorial. The 
proposition made a profound impression, and the re- 
sponse to the appeal was overwhelmingly generous, 
and, although the cost of the pulpit was $593.00, the 
sum subscribed was $1,142. This amount, distributed 
among eighty-three people, represented their loving 
interest in an effort that was dear to their hearts. 

The names and the subscriptions of those who had 
a share in this Memorial are here given: 

Mrs. James Donaldson $ 5 . 00 

Miss Mary E. Belknap 1 . 00 

Mrs. Edward Carroll 2 . 00 

Mr. W. A. Roebling 50.00 

Mrs. W. J. McGenniss 1 . 00 

Mrs. J. P. Fillebrown 10 . 00 

Mrs. Weir 10.00 

122 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Mrs. Wis well 


Miss Maria T. Kemble 


Mrs. W. H. Ladue 


Mr. W. E. Perry 


Mrs. J. H. Haldane 


Peter Woods 


Howard Coleman 


Mrs. Catherine Simmons 


Mrs. Hamilton 


Mrs. Hugh Patterson 


Mrs. Shepherd Shriver 


Mrs. Brennan 


Mrs. Catherine Bell 


Mr. W. H. Taylor 


Through Miss Marie Taylor 


Mrs. Alexander Tait 


John Pilson 


Mrs. Silcox 


Mr. Hermance 


W. A. Thompson 


Dr. J. M. Winslow 


Mrs. Winslow 


Miss Margaret Amerman 


Mrs. Ann Cunningham 


Thos. Roach 


Miss Sarah Bard Haight 


Miss Jennie Fullaway 


Miss Emma Fullaway 


Mrs. Elizabeth Lath 


Miss Eliza Lath 


Mrs. Albert Lawrence 


Mrs. Geo. W. Murdock 


Miss Hamilton 


Mrs. W. H. Haldane 


Mrs. Alexander Spalding 


Mrs. Oliver Jackson 


Mrs. Hugh Patterson 


Gifts, Memorials, to St. Mary's in the Highlands 123 

Mrs. Chas. M. Nichols 


Mrs. Geo. D. Thomas 


L. Gordon Hamersley 


Miss Katherine L. Hamersley 


Mrs. Purrington 


Mrs. Weinberg 


Mrs. Joseph Dahlweiner 


Mrs. Eliza Schoudell 


Miss Dora Thompson 


Mrs. Daniel Butterfield 


Mrs. Elizabeth Lath 


Mrs. Chas. Van Tassel 


Miss Maude S. Paulding j 
Miss K. 0. Paulding J 


Mrs. Julian James 


Thos. Higgins 


Mrs. Jas. Wyant 


Mrs. Henry Ticehurst 


Mrs. Thos. Brent 


Miss Mary Robinson 


Jas. Ashcroft 


Miss Lawson 


Miss Dora Birdsall 


Miss Mary Briggs 


Mrs. Electa Covert 


Henry J. Rusk 


Mathias McCaffrey 


Mrs. Jas. Cunningham 


Mrs. S. D. Pierce 


Miss Mary Lente 


Mrs. Monroe 


Mrs. Wm. C. Southard 


Mrs. Hamilton 


Mrs. Elihu Porter 


Mrs. Jas. Henyan 


Chas. Phillips 


Mrs. McRoberts 


124 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Miss Mary Caux $2 . 00 

Mrs. F. R. Amerman 2 . 00 

Thos. Cunningham 1.00 

Mrs. Wm. Bailey 1 . 00 


In the Convention Journal of 1874 there appears in the 
report of the Bishop of the diocese, the Right Rev. H. 
C. Potter, D.D., a note describing the memorial gift 
of the building to be used primarily for the purposes of 
the Sunday School. When the new Church of St. Mary's 
in the Highlands was completed and opened for services, 
no provision had been made for the meetings of the Sun- 
day School. To remedy this difficulty the basement of 
the church was made as suitable as possible, but at best 
it only served as a temporary arrangement, being more 
or less at times dark, damp and chilly. In 1872 Fred- 
erick P. James, then a member of the vestry, becoming 
acquainted with the need of some proper place for the 
children of the church to meet, resolved to erect a build- 
ing in memory of his two sons, Frederick and Julian, 
both of whom had served with gallantry in our army in 
the Civil War. This building was designed by George 
E. Harney, the architect of the church, and Sylvenus 
Ferris, who superintended the work in the building of 
the church, also began the construction of Mr. James's 
memorial, but was obliged by failing health, to relinquish 
his oversight, and his place was taken by his foreman, 
Reuben Cash. This building is constructed of the same 
gray granite as the church, and of equally massive con- 
struction, and blends with it in a beautiful harmony of 

Gift of Frederick P. and Julia L. James 

Gifts, Memorials, to St. Mary's in the Highlands 125 

St. Mary's Par sh House is twenty-four feet wide and 
fifty- two feet long. Originally it had a class room, four- 
teen by sixteen, shut off from the main building, by slid- 
ing windows, and an additional room, ten by ten, which 
formerly was used for library purposes. The cost of 
this structure was $15,000.00. Over the entrance door 
is an inscription which explains the motive prompting 
this timely and munificent gift, which has ever been a 
useful edifice for parish purposes. The donor of this 
memorial always laid particular emphasis upon the pur- 
pose which had inspired him to erect the building, and 
which is mentioned in the deed, that it was to "serve 
the Parish as a Sunday School Building, or for any other 
Parochial purpose." 

At a meeting held at the West Point Foundry, August 
1st, 1874, Mr. Parrott presented the deed of Frederick 
P. James and Julia L. James, conveying to the wardens 
and vestrymen of St. Mary's in the Highlands, the new 
Sunday School building, lately erected and completed 
by them. Mr. Parrott further stated that he had re- 
ceived the keys of said building with the deed and that 
it was ready for the use of the Sunday School, which 
could be held therein the following day. The following 
resolutions were thereupon presented and unanimously 

RESOLVED, That the Deed of Mr. and Mrs. 
James be accepted in behalf of the Parish. 

RESOLVED, That the Vestry for themselves and 
all members of the Parish, tender to Mr. and Mrs. 
James their hearty thanks for their munificent do- 
nation as useful as it is beautiful and complete. 

126 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

And the Vestry further express their conviction that 
the new Sunday School building will prove an endur- 
ing benefit to our church and to the community in 
which we live. 

RESOLVED, That a copy of the above resolu- 
tions be sent as an expression of our thanks to the 
donors of the Sunday School building 

(Signed) R. P. Parrott, Warden 

Governeur Kemble, Sec'y 

On Sunday, August 2nd, 1874, the Sunday School 
was used for the first time. LeGrand Wilson, Super- 
intendent of the Presbyterian Sunday School, was present 
and brought words of congratulation to the Sunday School 
of St. Mary's, for their new place of meeting. For many 
years this building was used, not only by the Sunday 
School but also for lectures, fairs, and sometimes for 
services, though the building was never consecrated, 
or set apart for Holy uses. But recently, because of 
the exigencies of the parish, it has been made more adapt- 
able for various parochial agencies, as a source of Church 
revenue, a need created by the conditions of recent years. 
A stage has been constructed for purposes of entertain- 
ment, and a room costing about $500.00 and paid for 
by the Parish Aid Society, has been added for the meet- 
ings of societies. 

Comfort arrangements have been introduced, a light- 
ing and steam heating system have been installed, the 
interior of the building has been painted, and the parish 
now possesses a parish building attractive in appearance 
and valuable in its utility, a lasting testimony to the 
wisdom and generosity of its donors. 

The gift of Julia L. Butterfield 

Gifts, Memorials, to St. Mary's in the Highlands 127 


It had always been the intention and desire of Robert 
P. Parrott and others who had given munificently to 
the building of the church, to supplement their generous 
offerings by placing at some future time, a rectory on 
the church property. This desire was frustrated by 
certain financial reveises, which came to those who had 
hoped to see the project of the rectory carried through. 
Mr. Parrott, however, in the fine spirit he was always 
showing towards the parish, endeavored to relieve this 
situation by purchasing a house and lot on Chestnut 
Street, opposite the church, which eventually became 
the rectory of St. Mary's until 1916. 

During Mr. Parrott's lifetime, he had made no trans- 
fer of this property to the church, but assumed the finan- 
cial charges that rested upon it, consisting mainly of a 
mortgage of $1800.00, in favor of Mrs. Mary Nelson 
Haight of Fishkill Village, In 1885 the executors of 
Mr. Parrott's estate offered the property to the corpor- 
ation of St. Mary's in the Highlands, on condition that 
the mortgage on it be assumed and the interest charges 
paid. This suggestion was considered and acted upon 
and the property passed to the ownership of the parish 
for $700.00 in cash, which the rector at that time, the 
Rev. Isaac Van Winkle, had collected, the mortgage 
of $1,800.00 being assured. This mortgage was sub- 
sequently reduced by the parish to $1300.00, and in 
October 14th, 1895, was paid off, and the property made 
clear and free of debt. 

Thus, while Mr. Parrott's motive had been inspired 

128 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

by a most noble feeling for the church, the parish really, 
in the end, purchased this property for $2,500.00. As 
the past has proved, it was an unfortunate purchase, 
and has been a great expense with small benefit accruing. 
The vestry have permission from the authorities of the 
diocese to dispose of this property, which, with the con- 
sent of the court, will be done when the proper oppor- 
tunity offers, Since the foregoing was written the op- 
portunity has come, advantage of which was taken by 
the vestry who sold it Aug. 16, 1919, to Charles C. Grif- 
fin for $2,500.00, just what the parish paid for it in 1885. 
The property passed to its new owners December 6, 


Notwithstanding the love shown for their church by 
the numerous gifts presented to it, the members of the 
congregation of St. Mary's have not been unmindful 
of their obligation to the church at large. This has 
been demonstrated from the very beginning in the ac- 
tive part members of the parish have taken in their re- 
sponse to missionary calls and to various other Chris- 
tian agencies for the amelioration of the ills of mankind 
and the betterment of human life. In the record of 
these gifts there appear some of the following amounts, 
contributed to objects beyond the parish: 

October I860. General Theological Semi- 
nary $35 . 00 

April 20, 1861, for missions in the mining 

territories of the West 32 . 00 

November 20, 1862, for St. Luke's Home, 

New York 153.00 

Gifts, Memorials, to St. Mary's in the Highlands 129 

February 1, 1863, for Trinity Church, 

Saco Maine $20.00 

February 21, 1863, for St. Luke's Home, 

New York 50.00 

August, 1863, Church Book Society 374 . 00 

September, 1863, Church building at Green- 
wood, given by Robert P. Parrott 1500.00 

October, 4, 1863, House of Mercy, New 

York 435.00 

October 25, 1863, for the drafted clergy 

during the Civil War 22 . 00 

November, 1863, General Theological Semi- 
nary 363.00 

December 25, 1863, Church Orphan Asylum 

New York 20.00 

1864, Contribution to General Theological 

Seminary by Gouverneur Kemble 1000 . 00 

1864, Church building at Greenwood 2395 . 00 
April 3, 1865, for Southerners 162.00 

1865, Freedman's Commission 17.00 . 
August 26, 1865, Theological Education 

Fund 14.00 

March 10, 1866, Southern Destitution 

Fund 140.00 

September 1, 1867, House of Mercy, New 

York 1055.00 

September, 1, 1867, St. Luke's Home, 

New York 105.00 

May 17, 1868 Church in Springfield, Mass, 19.00 

August, 1868, Theological Education Fund 34 . 00 

September 6, 1868, Negro Church, Savan- 
nah 34.00 

October 4, 1868, Church in Jackson, Miss. 16. 00 

November 1, Home for Incurables 40.00 

December 20, 1868, Southern Destitution 

Fund 27.00 

September, 1869, Theological Education 

130 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Fund $5 . 00 

March 19, 1871, French Destitution Fund 17.00 
June 18, 1871, House of the Good Shepherd 

New York 25.00 

October 15, 1871, Sufferers in Chicago 98.00 

April 18, 1898, St. John's Guild 26.00 

September 17, 1900, Galveston sufferers 47.00 
September 15, 1907, Thank offering for 300 

years of American Christianity 62 . 00 

In its missionary giving the parish from its incor- 
poration, has always come up to a high measure of its 
responsibility. Taking its missionary offerings in the 
aggregate, they show the sum total of $4,168.00. It 
is this unusual missionary activity for a parish of its 
resources, which drew forth a letter of congratulation 
from Bishop Lloyd, president of the Board of Missions, 
received by the rector, in which he speaks of the mis- 
sionary activity and zeal of St. Mary's and commenting 
upon the gratifying and commendable fact that the of- 
ferings for missions for the past two years (1917 and 1918, 
the years of the European War, when the outside calls 
upon the parish were greatly increased) have been the 
largest in the history of the parish. It is also stated 
that the amounts given by the missionary societies of 
St. Mary's are far above the average, compared with 
other parishes. This shows that though the financial 
resources of the parish are less the interest and efforts 
on the part of the people were never greater. 



THE panic of 1873, which caused a disastrous finan- 
cial disturbance throughout the country, had 
its effect upon this village. The business of the 
foundry had already declined severely, as the cessation 
of the war terminated the need for the further manu- 
facture of the particular type of ordnance made there. 
The effect of these events appears in the affairs of the 
church, as shown in its falling revenue. In the autumn 
of 1873 the advisability of attempting to increase the 
pew rents was discussed. It does not appear, however, 
that this was done, But a little later the strained con- 
ditions of the finances of the parish are evident by a 
resolution passed by the vestry that some plan should 
be devised and made operative to provide means to meet 
a deficiency caused by the shrinking of the revenues 
of the church. 

It was to meet this emergency that the envelope sys- 
tem was introduced into the parish, giving a wider and 
individual responsibility in the obligation of church sup- 
port. But even this effort did not relieve the situation, 
for the financial burdens resting upon the parish had 
to be further eased by a drastic reduction in some items 
of parochial expense. At a meeting of the vestry held 
September 21st, 1888, the Treasurer presented a report, 

132 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

showing that the customary annual deficit was large. 
By a resolution, a committee of five ladies of the parish 
was appointed to help in removing this deficit. This 
was the forerunner of the Parish Aid Society, 1 which 
s'nce it became a duly organized society, has always 
come forward so nobly and been invaluable as an as- 
sistant to the rector in all the critical situations of the 

But, notwithstanding this valuable aid and encourage- 
ment, parochial deficiencies and debts grew, until in 
1895 the church found itself heavily encumbered with 
financial liabilities, which amounted to $2,775.00, a heavy 
incumbrance for a rural parish. 

Just when the church was coping with this difficulty, 
Mrs. Daniel Butterfield came forward with her noble 
proposition, that she would give $1,000.00 to liquidate 
this debt, provided the members of the parish exerted 
themselves and completed the rest of the needed amount. 
Enheartened by this suggestion, and with hope aroused 
the whole parish went to work with heart and soul. 
Within one month $762.00 was collected. Before the 
autumn, by fairs, entertainments and subscriptions, the 
whole amount had been secured. The debt was liqui- 
dated and the church freed from a burden it has never 
had to bear since. 

In the accomplishment of this effort the parish had 
the help of some of its warm Garrisons neighbors, chiefly 
Samuel Sloan and Mrs. William H. Osborn, both of 
whom were liberal contributors. When the announce- 
ment was made to Bishop Potter that the church was 

x The Parish Aid Society was formed in 1892 and since its incorporation 
has obtained and distributed as much as $8,000.00 for various parochial 

Parochial Accomplishments 133 

clear of its indebtedness, he sent to the rector the follow- 
ing congratulatory letter: 

Accept my warm congratulations. You have 
done the Church in Cold Spring a noble service. I 
have already written General and Mrs. Butterfield. 
(Signed) H. C. Potter, 

Bishop of New York. 


After the debt, which was a great obstacle to the 
enlargement of parochial work, had been removed, 
the way seemed clear to consider the possibility of 
enriching the interior of the church and replacing 
some of its equipment that showed the damaging 
effects of age. It was determined that the organ, 
hav'ng become more or less unfit for use, should be re- 
placed by an instrument embracing some of the facili- 
ties of modern invention, that might aid in making the 
services more beautiful and helpful, and supplying from 
time to time, the uplifting and soul-stirring influences 
of music to the lovers of the organ throughout our com- 

To that end the following appeal was sent out broad- 
cast through the parish, and to those outside of the par- 
ish who, though they had left it, still retained an interest 
in its welfare and prosperity: 

At the suggestion of the vestry this opportunity 
is taken of laying before the members of the Church 
of St. Mary's the necessary details concerned in the 
procurement of a new organ for the church. The 
need of some definite action in this matter is empha- 
sized by the fact that the critical opinion of Messrs. 
Farrand & Votey, a firm of wide reputation, pro- 

134 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

nounces it unwise and fruitless to expend any money 
in the repair of our present organ, for the reason that 
it is too antiquated and defective to warrant any 
change. It would be wise, therefore, in view of this 
opinion and also of the fact that the defectiveness of 
our instrument may at any time render it unfit for 
use, that we should strive to supply the church with 
a new organ, which is so necessary a part of our 
church equipment. 

The cost of an organ suitable for our need would be 
$3,000.00. This calls for an instrument in no way 
extravagant or extensive in character, and one any 
cheaper would not be a worthy choice. Every detail 
has been considered economically, acoustically and 
also with regard to the mechanical construction of 
the organ to provide what will be satisfactory in 
every particular. 

Messrs. Farrand & Votey, of New York, have been 
selected to furnish an instrument for us as soon as we 
shall have sufficient money in hand to place our order 
with them. $782.00 is available at the present time 
for this improvement. The value of our present or- 
gan is considered to be $400.00, leaving $1,818.00 
to be obtained. 

The firm selected to offer an estimate for a suitab e 
organ were successors to all the rights and patents of the 
Roosevelt Organ Company, a celebrated firm of organ 
builders in their time. It so happened that their suc- 
cessors had shown their skill and the character of their 
workmanhsip in this neighborhood by introducing an 
organ into the Church of the Holy Innocents, Highland 
Falls. A specification for a proper instrument for the 
Church was presented to the vestry, under the super- 
vision of C. R. Gale, Bachelor of Music, a friend of the 
rector, organist of All Angel's Church, New York. The 

Parochial Accomplishments 135 

proposition called for a two manual organ, of the newest 
and finest detail in workmanship and construction and 
possessing all the modern features perfected by the high 
skill of the builder. 

The fund for the organ was started Christmas Day, 
1896, with an offering of $22.00. The impoverished 
condition of the village created many misgivings as to 
the successful collection of so large a sum as $3000.00, 
but in faith and courage the attempt was made, and 
was finally crowned with success. An original sale 
suggested by Elisabeth Floyd- Jones called the "Fair 
of the Zodiac" was held for the benefit of the organ fund 
at the Town Hall September 16th, 1897. The booths 
represented the months of the year and articles appro- 
priate for the month were sold. Its novelty helped to 
make it an unbounded success, exceeding the hopes of 
the most enthusiastic corps of workers, whose hard, 
earnest work added to the organ fund $563.00. 

As the result of an appeal widely distributed, the fund 
was completed January 23rd, 1898. The old organ was 
sold for $400.00 and the organ builders offered the church 
a concession of $200.00 to stimulate the effort being 

The specifications, which had been presented, were 
accepted and the contract was placed by the vestry 
Jan. 26, 1898. It combined in many ways the fruit 
of considerable labor and illustrated significantly the 
skill of the builders to accommodate the instrument 
with a view of obtaining the best results under difficult 
circumstances. The location of the organ, made neces- 
sary by the place provided for it in the design of the 
church, required an ingenious plan of arrangement for 

136 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

the best accoustic advantages. The position of the 
various parts of the instrument indicates p ainly the 
resources of the builders in the face of a complicated 
problem. To gain the desired end of saving all the 
sound necessitated moving the organ and choir con- 
siderably further into the chancel. The disposition 
and character of the stops were considered both for beau- 
ty of tone and practical use, as will be seen from the fol- 
lowing scheme, showing also the general construction 
of the instrument. 


Open diapason 61 pipes 

Dulciana " 

VioldiGamba * 

Doppel Flote " 

Octave " 



Open diapason 

Salicional " 

Stopped diapason " 

Flute Harmonique . . , 

Cornet, 3 ranks 183 " 

Oboe 61 pipes 

Pedal Organ — 16 ft., 30 pipes; Lieblick Gedeckt, 
16 ft., 30 pipes. 

Couplers — Swell to great, swell to octaves, swell 
to pedal, great to pedal. 

Pedal Movements — 2 affecting great and pedal 
stops, 2 affecting swell and pedal stops, great to pedal 
reversing pedal, full organ and crescendo pedal, 
balanced swell pedal, total number of stops 28, total 
number of pipes 914. 

A list of those subscribing to the organ fund is here 
given; some of them were personal friends of the rector 

Parochial Accomplishments 137 

he had known when serving on the clergy staff at Cal- 
vary Church, New York. 

Subscribers to organ fund. 

JohnG. Neeser $ 10.00 

W. B. G. Blatchford 5.00 

Evart J. Wendell 10.00 

D. W. Harkness 5.00 

W. M. Purdy 5.00 

Thomas Whittaker 10 . 00 

Miss Bristol 1.00 

Mrs. W. T. Hicks 20.00 

Mrs. James Gore King 25 . 00 

Miss I. C. Shenck 5.00 

Dr. W. C. Rives 15.00 

Boys' Club of St. Mary's 5 . 00 

Mrs. Robinson 10.00 

Mrs. E. S. Auchincloss 10.00 

Mr. F. Tomes 5.00 

James Goodwin 10.00 

Fred. Gore King 10.00 

W. McClenahan 5.00 

John M. Toucey 50.00 

Miss V. R. Graves 5.00 

John Howard Wainwright 5 . 00 

A. A. Pattou 10.00 

Mrs. Higgins 2.00 

Through Mrs. Wm. Young 10 . 00 

Mrs. Umpstead 10.00 

Mr. Pennington 20 . 00 

Edward N. Crosby 7.00 

Mrs. CD. Smith 10.00 

H.E.Monroe 2.00 

Through Mrs. Wm. Young 10.00 

Mrs. R. Tolmie 1 . 00 

Mrs. A. D. Campbell 5 . 00 

Miss Sarah Patterson 1 . 00 

138 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

John Y. McKeel 


John Isberg 


Gerald V. Grace 


F. M. Camp 


Miss Paulding 


Miss Maude Paulding 


Mrs. Whitlock 


W. H. Haldane 


Mrs. W. H. Ladue 


Dr. J. P. Fillebrown 


Raymond Lorentzen 


C. J. Baxter 


Mrs. Wm. Southard 


Mrs. S. D. Pierce 


Mrs. F. R. Amerman 


Through Miss Augusta Taylor 


W. E. Perry 


Geo. Scofield 


Mrs. Briggs 


Robert Trimble 


Mrs. Ann Cunningham 


F. E. Evans 


Mrs. Elizabeth Lath 


Thomas Foster 


James Trimble 


Edward T. Cole 


Robert J. Matthews 


James Cunningham 


James Anderson 


Thomas Higgins 


Luke Higgins 


George Higgins 


Gouverneur Kemble 


Gouverneur Kemble, Jr. 


James N. Paulding 


Henry Metcalfe 


Miss Campbell 


Parochial Accomplishments 139 

Dr. J. M. Winslow $20.00 

Mrs. Lovelace .50 

Mrs. Proudfoot 1 . 00 

Mrs. Howard Coleman 2 . 00 

Hamilton McKay . 25 

Miss Mary Caux 1 . 00 

Mrs. Caux 1.00 

Gouverneur Paulding 100.00 

Miss Edna Greene 5 . 00 

Gen. Louis Fitzgerald 10 . 00 

Irving Mosgrove 5.00 

Miss M. Amerman . 50 

Mrs. Katherine Simmons 5 . 00 

Mrs. James Henyan 1 . 00 

Alice Henyan . 25 

Wm. J. Rundell 1.00 

Mrs. Betsy Eastwood 1 . 00 

Seeley Knapp 2 . 00 

Mrs. Farmer 1 . 00 

Mrs. Lawrence 1 . 00 

M. C. Parsons 10.00 

Gherardi Davis 10.00 

Mrs. A. C. King 5.00 

Mrs. Samuel Benjamin 5 . 00 

Mrs. Forsyth 5.00 

Miss I. C.King 5.00 

George Luff 25 . 00 

A.H.Curtis 3.00 

Maria Crassous 5 . 00 

Mrs. Wm. Young 25 . 00 

Samuel Condell 3 . 00 

James Donaldson 2 . 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Patterson 2 . 00 

Richard Condell 5 . 00 

Charles Mosher 2.00 

Thomas A. Coe 2.00 

Mrs. Wood 2.00 

140 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Miss Grune $ 5 . 00 

W. H. Ladue 15.00 

Wm. Dyos 3.00 

Charles Miller 10.00 

John Lowry 2 . 00 

Mrs. Taggatt . 50 

Mrs. James McKay 5 . 00 

Mrs. S. R. Shriver 1 . 00 

Mrs. A. Lawrence 1 . 00 

Mr. Geo. D. Thomas 5 . 00 

Through Mrs. Wm. Young 20.00 

Clement R. Gale 5.00 

Colin Tolmie 10.00 

Through Colin Tolmie 15 . 00 

Miss Alleine Lee 5 . 00 

Mr. B. McE. Whitlock 5.00 

Miss Evelyn G. King 5 . 00 

John LeBoutillier 5 . 00 

H. DeB. Parsons 5.00 

MissE. A. Ernst 5.00 

Miss A. P. Walker 25.00 

W. J. Wadsworth 5.00 

Samuel Riker, Jr. 20 . 00 

Miss Mary Haldane 10 . 00 

Mrs. James H. Haldane 50 . 00 

Mrs. Catharine Bell 5.00 

Mrs. Joseph Dahlweiner 1 . 00 

C. J. Gilles 25.00 

Mrs. Andrews 10.00 

Livingston Crosby 1 . 00 

R.P.Paulding 5.00 

Mrs. C. J. Moller 20.00 

Mrs. H. F. Osborn 10.00 

Mrs. John D. Jones 20 . 00 

I. P. McCoy 10.00 

W. R.T.Jones 5.00 

Loyal Farragut 5 . 00 

Parochial Accomplishments 141 

Samuel Sloan $100.00 

John G.Floyd 10.00 

R. M. Upjohn 1.00 

Mrs. J. C. Arklay 10.00 

C. K. Griffin 10.00 

G.K.Richards 5.00 

Miss M. A. Jackson 10.00 

John Campbell 5 . 00 

Ellis H.Timm 3.00 

Frank Eiler . 64 

Arthur Floyd-Jones 10 . 00 

James S. Boyd 15.00 

In the spring of 1898 the organ was completed, a 
$100.00 Pelton Water Motor installed and on May 26th 
of that year it was set apart for its sacred use. At a 
special service of dedication the Rev. Lewis Cameron, 
Ph.B. rector of the Church of the Holy Communion, 
South Orange, preached, and the music was in charge of 
Mr. Gale, who brought with him a choir of twenty-five 
men and boys. It is doubtful if anything has been intro- 
duced into the church, which has given so much pleasure 
as this new organ. It has not only helped many worship- 
pers in the making of their offerings of praise to Almighty 
God more fervent but also has rendered a great service 
to many outside the membership of St. Mary's by the 
frequent recitals from time to tme that have been given 
on it by the skilled fingers of accomplished organists 
always proving a joy to lovers of good music. 


When the new organ was completed the choir was 
placed in the chancel in seats which had been given to 
the church for their use. A suitable vestment to be 

142 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

worn was selected and adopted. It so happened that 
about this time a controversy was in progress in one of 
the church papers, over proper dress for women chorist- 
ers, and an animated correspondence was appearing on 
the subject. In one of the issues of The Church Stand- 
ard, which appeared at that time, was the following let- 
ter, written to the editor, by the Rev. John Anketell, 
a retired priest of the Church, who had recently officiated 
at a service in St. Mary's: 

The question is not shall women and girls sing 
publicly in our churches? but it is, shall they be dres- 
sed like men? This is contrary both to Holy Scrip- 
ture and the laws of most of our states. From the 
earliest days of the Church the clergy, both major 
and minor, have worn cassock and surplice, which 
are distinctly male vestments and are not worn by 
deaconesses, or sisterhoods. But does it follow that 
female choristers shall not be vested? By no means. 
There lies before me a picture of admirable vestments 
made by a Philadelphia firm, consisting of a sort of 
cassock, buttoned to the waist, and a tippet of white 
linen fitting gracefully over the shoulders, and a 
toque of black. These are worn in some places. I 
know of no mixed choir finer than the one at St. 
Mary's, Cold Spring, N. Y. There you will find no 
immodesty or irreverence, though I regret to say, I 
have witnessed both in some cottar clad mixed 

It was at the time of one of his visitations for con- 
firmation that Bishop Potter expressed his great delight 
in the design of vestments worn by the choir of St. Mary's 
in the Highlands, and commended the particular at- 
tractive feature of it, being its difference from a masc- 
uline attire. 

Parochial Accomplishments 143 


In the summer of 1901 the church was closed for five 
weeks, the first time in its history, so far as is known. 
The purpose of this was for the renovation of the interior 
walls and woodwork, made necessary by the wear and 
tear of time. To meet the cost of this work, a rummage 
sale was held November 17th, 1900, a type of sale which 
was then something quite new in the village, in the meth- 
od of parochial money-getting. The novelty of it ap- 
peared in the wonderful financial success of the under- 
taking, which amounted to something over $600.00, 
enough, at any rate, to meet the whole cost of the con- 
templated improvements. 

The services of Charles C. Haight, an architect of con- 
siderable prominence, were obtained It could not be 
expected that the satisfaction of these changes would 
be an equal pleasure to all, but it was generally conceded 
that, by the combination of his color scheme, Mr. Haight 
had handled a difficult problem skillfully to the great 
enhancement of the beauty of the church. On Septem- 
ber 1st, 1901, the church was re-opened for service, the 
rector preaching from II Chron. 3- (6 and 7.) The Bishop 
of the diocese joined with the parish in sending to the 
rector, the following letter of congratulation, 

Diocesan House 

Twenty-nine La Fayette Place 

New York 

Sept. 10, 1901 
Accept my congratulations and believe me, 
Very faithfully yours, 

H. C. Potter. 

144 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

At the same time that the church was re-decorated 
a new carpet was laid, costing $450.00. This was pro- 
vided for by the Parish Aid Society. 

The history of the lighting system of the church 
shows a varied method. When it was first opened for 
services, the building was provided with iron gas jets, 
placed at intervals throughout the nave and transepts, 
and a cluster of several lights in the chancel in the 
form of a sunburst, with tiers of brackets in each cor- 
ner of the sanctuary. The village gas plant being a 
precarious affair, the extinction of the lights was a com- 
mon occurrence,and caused many ludicrous situations. 
After the collapse of the gas company, the church was 
inadequately but securely lighted for many years by 
oil lamps, until the introduction of electricity, which 
was used for the first time at the childrens' carol ser- 
vice on Christmas eve, 1899. The Parish Aid Society 
made itself responsible for the cost of this improvement 
amounting to $181.00. 

The heating of a building of so large an area and of- 
fering so many adverse conditions to contend with, has 
always presented a vexing problem to those in charge 
of the affairs of the church. The solution of this problem 
has resulted in a long series of futile and expensive ex- 
periments, many of which might have been avoided 
if only the use of the inadequate system of hot air heat- 
ing had sooner been discarded. The large sums of money 
that have been spent in the endeavor to make use of th's 
system, tells its story of a well meant, but mistaken zeal. 

Parochial Accomplishments 145 

When the church was first built, it was thought that 
one flue and one furnace would be sufficient. It was 
not long, however, before this judgment proved to be 
incorrect, as the church was found to be too cold for 
use in the winter time. Then, to remedy this mistake, 
an auxiliary furnace in the rear of the church was added, 
which of course necessitated another flue. This was 
supplied by a galvanized pipe, passing out of a cellar 
window, running up to the roof on the stone wall of the 
building, an unsightly object and constantly needing 
renewal. Then it was decided to remove this and con- 
struct a flue to run through the top of the cone like tower 
in the rear of the church, which has always borne the 
name of "Emmett's Tower," being named after a popu- 
lar superintendent of the Sunday School. This flue 
be ng improperly built, caught fire one winter's after- 
noon, and nearly caused the destruction of the church 
In gratitude for this escape a thanksgiving service was 
held in the church. 

In heeding this warning, it was decided to re-construct 
this flue in a safe and proper way, making it large enough 
to accommodate a modern steam-heating plant when- 
ever sufficient wisdom might prevail to perfect its intro- 
duction, but before this couM be done, the suggestion 
was made that if an increase of draught could be obtained 
for the larger furnace of the church, it might be heated. 
Consequently, at an outlay of considerable more money, 
a pipe was carried up into the spire, having two openings 
through apertures above the belfrey, a weird and gro- 
tesque arrangement often frightening the uninitiated 
with its appearance of a burning steeple. While the 
draught was improved, the result of this needless experi- 

146 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

ment was to stain the beautiful stone of the tower a wit- 
ness still of the curious phases to which human nature 
is prone. 

At length when the time came that the church must 
have a new furnace, the congregation took this matter 
in hand and voted, July 12th, 1909, that a steam-heat- 
ing plant should be introduced without delay, and that 
all further useless experimentation with hot-air furnaces 
should cease. Acting upon this demand, the vestry 
placed the contract with Frederick M, Camp to install 
a steam-heating plant, to cost $970.00. An appeal for 
subscriptions was immediately circulated and the amount 
needed was soon obtained. Sunday, November 7th, 
1909, the plant was used for the first time, and ever since, 
unless some extraordinary conditions prevail, the church 
is comfortable, with several tons of fuel saved each year, 
and which in a money equivalent, will eventually pay 
for the installing of the plant. The names of those who 
helped to defray the expense of it, are here given: 

Mrs. Daniel Butterfield $250 . 00 

Miss Lath 5 . 00 

C.S.Lindsay 25.00 

Miss Edna Greene 5 . 00 

Mrs. E. H. Timm 5.00 

Miss Mary Haldane 10 . 00 

Mrs. Whitlock 20.00 

Miss Sarah B. Haight 10. 00 

Mrs. Jas. Donaldson 5.00 

F.E.Evans 5.00 

R. Greenlaw 5 . 00 

J. M. Winslow 10.00 

Henry J. Rusk 10.00 

John Taylor 5 . 00 

Mrs. W. C. Southard 1.00 

Parochial Accomplishments 147 

F.M.Camp $10.00 

Mrs. J. B. Southard 10.00 

J. Y. Mekeel 5.00 

Edith Pilson 1.00 

Mrs. James Anderson 1.00 

Governeur Paulding 25 . 00 

Isabel Amerman 1 . 00 

Gladys Pugh 2.00 

Mrs. Samuel Cunningham 1 . 00 

Mrs. Wm. Bailey 1 . 00 

Wm. Kimmell 2.00 

Harry L. Timm 25 . 00 

Miss Edith Benjamin 2 . 00 

J. McVickar Haight 1 . 50 

Wm. J. Rundell 1.00 

Jas. D. Monroe 3.00 

Through Miss Kemble 46.50 

Mrs. W. H. Ladue 10.00 

Mrs. Rachael Carmichael 10 . 00 

Martha Patterson 1 . 00 

Mrs. J. P. Fillebrown 25.00 

Dr. J. P. Fillebrown 25.00 

Miss Hamilton 5 . 00 

Lottie Charlotte A. Wallace 1 . 00 

Clarence Gordon Campbell 10 . 00 

Mr. Purrington 5 . 00 

Chas. O. Thomas 1 . 00 

Miss Mary E. Belknap 1 . 00 

Wm. H. Taylor 1 . 00 

Mrs. Taylor 2.00 

Miss Margaret Amerman 1 . 00 

Parish Aid Society 200 . 00 

Miss Emma Thomas 1 . 00 

Miss Maude Paulding 10.00 

Mrs. Coryell Clark 1 . 00 

Mrs. Alexander Spalding 10.00 

Miss Gertrude Coleman 1 . 00 

148 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Colin Tolmie $5.00 

Horace Gent 5 . 00 

Frederick Hulley 2 . 00 

M. A. Moore 1 . 00 

Miss Elizabeth Hill 1 . 00 

From Miss M. Kemble 1 . 00 

Geo. A. Shedden 5.00 

Thos. Higgins 5.00 

Jas. Shewan 25.00 

Mrs. James Shewan 15 . 00 

Henry Metcalfe 81 . 00 

Miss Katherine Hamersley 25 . 00 

Miss Alice Pilson 1 . 00 

Miss Mary Caux 2.00 

Mrs. Austen . 50 

Mrs. Chester Gould . 50 

Mrs. Grune 2.00 

Notwithstanding all the gifts which had been abun- 
dantly bestowed upon it, this parish, until 1912, never 
seems to have owned a decent piano. When the parish 
house was created and various sorts of entertainments 
introduced, this need was greatly felt. No difficulty 
ever yet daunted the indefatigable and determined 
members of St. Mary's. Within a short time after the 
decision was made that the Parish needed and must 
have a piano, the money was obtained and an instru- 
ment was bought for $270.00, through the aid of W. 
Creary Woods from the Aeolian Co., which is still giving 
most excellent service. 


Some time after the completion of the church, a fence 

of wood was constructed enclosing the grounds around 

Parochial Accomplishments 149 

it. In May 26th, 1881, the time had come for its re- 
newal. The rector, the Rev, Isaac Van Winkle, and 
Gouverneur Kemble were chosen a committee and au- 
thorized by the vestry to decide upon and take charge 
of the erection of a new fence. The style of fence se- 
lected was the ordinary one of picket form. At the 
same time stone piers were placed in position for the 
hanging of the gates. This fence remained until May 
28th, 1895, when the members of the parish voted to 
remove it. a resolution which the vestry subsequently 
confirmed. It was a felicitous decision, for, by its re- 
moval, the beauty of the property, never more striking 
than at present, has been much enhanced. The stone 
piers, which for some reason, were not taken down when 
the fence was, remained until September 9th, 1916, when 
they were removed by resolution of the vestry and pre- 
sented to two members of the parish. 



ALTHOUGH the writer of this history has been 
indentified with the occurrences of the parish 
for nearly a quarter of a century, he has desired 
to efface himself and make as little reference as possible 
to his association with it. Mention may be properly 
made, however, without any breach of propriety, to 
the anniversaries which have been observed, some of 
which he has participated in; and this is done, without 
any desire for personal applause but to show particularly 
the courteous and kindly recognition of a warm-hearted 
and appreciative people, to whom credit is justly due 
for their evidence of generous appreciation of service. 
The first of these anniversaries occurred in June, 1904. 
The vestry took notice of the rector's ninth anniversary 
of his assuming charge of the parish, in presenting him 
with some handsome pieces of cut glass, with the fol- 
lowing kindly words accompanying this very gracious 

The resident vestry of the Church of St. Mary's 
in the Highlands, desirous of commemorating the 
ninth anniversary of the service of their rector, ask 
him to accept the accompanying service of glass, as 
a slight token of their affectionate esteem. Trinity 
Sunday, 1904. 

(Signed) Gouverneur Paulding, Warden, 
Charles Miller, Warden 
John Campbell 

Anniversaries 151 

Colin Tolmie 
Geo. D. Thomas 
Ellis H. Timm 
Wm. Henry Haldane 
Henry Metcalfe 
Gouverneur Kemble 

To this note of the vestry the rector responded in the 
following letter: 

Gentlemen of the Vestry 

I am deeply grateful for the beautiful gift, which 
I received from you on the morning of my ninth 
anniversary as rector of St. Mary's. This expres- 
sion of kindly feeling, which was wholly unexpected, 
made the day for me a very happy one, and I shall 
always treasure its memory, and ever keep your 
gift as safely as I can, to remind me of the many 
happy years we have spent together. 

In addition to the gift referred to in this letter, the 
ladies of the parish presented an additional gift of cut 
glass, together with the following words: 

The ladies of the Parish Aid Society of St. Mary's 
in the Highlands request the acceptance by their 
rector of the accompanying token of their regard, 
with the assurance that it but faintly expresses the 
very sincere and heartful appreciation of him and of 
his service to both society and church. 

Again in the following year, the tenth anniversary 
of the rector was observed by the vestry. 

On the afternoon of June 17, 1905, some hundred and 
fifty members of the parish gathered at the rectory. 
Music rendered by some musicians of the West Point 

152 St Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Band gave much brightness and cheer to the occasion. 
In the course of this celebration Charles Miller, senior 
warden, in a few gracious and kindly words, presented 
a set of resolutions, handsomely inscribed, which read 
as follows: 

Whereas it has pleased our Heavenly Father to 
preserve in this cure of souls for the space of ten 
years, the zeal and affection of our beloved rector, 

Whereas the benefits, spiritual and material, of 
his charge are enduringly written, both in the hearts 
of his flock and on the walls of the temple in which 
he serves, and 

Whereas this vestry is assured that the action 
proposed represents the wishes of the entire congre- 

Resolved, that as a slight and unworthy token of 
its gratitude the salary of the rector be hereafter pledg- 
ed at $1000.00 

Signed by the vestry 
June 20th, 1905. 

Following this the already overwhelming surprise 
and confusion of the rector was greatly increased by the 
additional gift of a silver "loving cup," containing some 
gold, and standing upon a tray of silver, graciously pre- 
sented by Gouverneur Paulding. 

On the following Sunday the rector preached an his- 
torical sermon from Nehemiah 4:6; referring to the work 
in the parish which had been accomplished in the pre- 
ceding ten years, and attributing much of what had been 
so successfully achieved to the faithful and responsive 
labors of the people who with loyalty and zeal had had 
"a mind to work." 

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The third of these anniversaries occurred five years 
later, by a special service held on Trinity Sunday, 1915. 
Without the rector's knowledge, the following appeal 
had been sent out by the vestry: 

The Members 

of THE 

Vestry of St. Mary's Church 
Request that as a means of showing our affection 

for our 

Beloved Rector 

a specially urgent effort be made to attend 

the morning service on 

Trinity Sunday, May twenty-second 

as that day marks the 

Fifteenth Anniversary 

of his coming to this parish 

Cold Spring, May 15, 1910 

Upon this occasion the Rev. Walter Thompson, 
S.T.D., for many years an intimate personal friend of 
the rector, was the preacher, who spoke from the text 
St. John 10-11, and in dwelling upon the subject of the 
shepherding of the flock of Christ's Church, referred to 
the fifteenth anniversary of the rector, in the following 
words : 

I have especial pleasure, my reverend brother and 
people of St. Mary's, in being with you to-day. A 
pastorship of fifteen years in this hurried and rest- 
less age is worthy of recognition. But the sacredness 
of the service and the hallowed associations of the 
place forbid the personal note, and, therefore, I have 
tried to say all that is becoming by indirect speech, 

154 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

leaving the natural application and its essential les- 
son to your heartfelt loyalty and love. It remains, 
however, for me to give expression in this place and 
presence, in your name, to your unvoiced, but em- 
phatic hope, that this marriage of Priest and people 
by the Divine blessing may continue for many years 
to come. 

The Rev. A. M. Griffin, rector of St. Paul's Church, 
Minneapolis, who happened to be staying in the neigh- 
borhood, took part in this service and read the lessons. 

But far surpassing the foregoing anniversaries, was 
one planned quietly and skillfully by the warm hearted 
congregation of St. Mary's to celebrate the close of 
twenty years of the service of their rector. This took 
place Trinity Sunday, June 9th, 1915. The following 
sermon was delivered by the rector at that time: 

"But this, I say brethren, the time is short, it re- 
maineth that they that use this world, use it, as not 
abusing it, for the fashion of this world passeth away. 
—I Cor., 7, 29-21. 

It is one of the secrets of the power, which the Bible 
has over us, that it throws itself with such sympathy 
into all our interests and all our feelings. Its divine 
teaching and wisdom come to us under human 
forms, and in the language of human experience. 
Though revealed from heaven, and telling of God 
and eternity, it clothes itself in human shape and 
speaks the words of human life, of human gladness, 
of human anxiety and sorrow. It is a history of men, 
of families, of friendships, of the ups and downs of our 
changeful lives, of the affections of those who have 
companied with us. It is a record of what men have 
found in these few short years of their sojourn on 
earth, their loves and their griefs, their enjoyments 

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of life, their mistakes and follies and sins. It fears 
not to speak, as we speak, when our feelings are 
strong. As the messenger to us of the most assured 
and loftiest hopes, as the prophet of immortality, 
while it does not conceal its warnings, it pours forth, 
in the overflowing songs of joy, an abounding and 
rapturous gladness. Whatever chances and changes 
we meet with, whatever touches and moves and stirs 
our souls, however life comes to us, blessing us with 
happiness, or charged with duties, or marked by 
change, in the word of God we may find our likeness. 
It is there we shall find our thoughts anticipated ; we 
shall find there the words of those who saw what we 
see, who found what we find, who felt what we feel. 
And so, it repeats our common feelings and words 
about the changing of the things of time and life. 
What comes home to us, from time to time, with 
such piercing truth, as to the way in which the years 
slip by, altering so much that we were accustomed to, 
bringing us to various kinds of incidents and oc- 
casions; all this we find faithfully and most feelingly 
written to reflect upon in a hundred places, in the 
message of God. We cannot express what we think 
and feel half as forcibly and impressively as it is 
written there. And so, the Bible is, or ought to be 
to us, as our friend. For we should feel that it under- 
stands us, that it knows what we are, that it throws 
itself into our experiences, our gains and losses, our 
accomplishments and failures, our strength and our 
weakness, the satisfaction of things done and the 
regret for things left undone. Because of this, it 
should win us on to trust its promises, to be strength- 
ened with its courage, to drink in its hope. 

To-day, my friends, is one which completes a 
large piece in all our lives, who have been together 
so long, and worked together and have learned to 
know one another in a most sacred relationship. To 

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efface oneself is always the first duty of a herald. 
But there are times when not to be personal would be 
an omission affected and unreal. Surely I face this 
morning, in the thoughts and memories of today, 
such a time and occasion, and may I not be exoner- 
ated and justified if I turn for a few moments from 
the deep, divine and engrossing theme of Trinity S., 
which naturally should engage christian hearts today, 
and indulge in and respond to the moving of some 
impulses which cannot otherwise than be personal. 

That the "fashion of this world passeth away" in 
the fleeting moments of time is a truth emphasized 
by anniversaries and particularly by such a one I am 
thinking of just now. 

We have been associated together in a hallowed 
fellowship for a long time, as men are wont to esti- 
mate time in this world. Those who were the old 
people when I came are mostly gone. Those who 
were middle aged have become old. Eighty -two of 
the children who are now in this Parish were not 
born. Those whom I first baptized and taught in the 
Sunday school and prepared for confirmation and 
led to the altar for the Bread of Life are now men and 
women, dispersed, many of them, from the homes in 
which I found them, to new ones of their own making 
in various parts of the country. You and I have 
lived together and are living through eventful times ; 
in some ways the most eventful which the world has 
yet seen. Here in our tranquility and peace, while 
men were engaged in plowing and sowing, in mowing 
the fields and reaping the harvest, passing from 
Winter to Summer and from Summer to Winter, we 
heard once in our own land and now again in distant 
lands the rumors of great wars and the strife of 
nations. We have lived to look upon with amaze- 
ment, perplexity, distress and with the deepest inter- 
est at the fiercest and strongest and most obstinate 

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struggle this world has ever seen. In this catastro- 
phe, which exceeds all others in its wrong and wicked- 
ness, we are seeing what ambition, unrighteous and 
unrestrained can still do in this world, which thought 
itself so much wiser and more reasonable than of old. 
We are seeing the madness which will sacrifice em- 
pires and the cruel strength expended to gain others. 
We are seeing how war is carried on in these modern 
days; with what precision and science, with what 
recklessness of human misery and brutal disregard of 
human life. 1 And, I am glad to say, we have not 
merely looked on but we have done something, small 
as it may be, to minister to and care for the sufferings 
and tortures of those, sprung from our blood and 
speaking our language. Then, too, we have come to 
times which, in many respects, were never so full of 
human interest. We have lived to see some wonder- 
ful achievements of science and invention in various 
lines of commercial and domestic concerns, which 
were not in existence 20 years ago and which are now 
in common use. 

But such things as these are not the only things 
which are in our remembrance now. In our perfect 
quiet we yet have had our own changes. We have 
had much in one way or another to stir and touch 
our hearts. And, in the eyes of Him who counts the 
hairs of our heads, our personal and individual inter- 
ests and changes are of weight. They have been 
marked and recorded. 

My thoughts, and I am sure yours also, will go 
back to many solemn and many joyful days to festi- 
vals and weddings and christenings, to days of laugh- 
ter and merriment, and to days of sorrow, anguish 
and pain. My thoughts go back to many a happy 
Christmas in the dark Winter days, with its holly, 
its fir and its pine, its greetings and its gifts; to many 
1 Reference here is to the European war. 

158 St Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

a glad and peaceful Easter, to many a blessed Com- 
munion together. I think of all the changes in the 
homes of this Parish, those who lived in them once 
and have gone to a more enduring home, "one not 
made with hands, eternal in the heavens.* ' 

I see again the faces of those you have loved and 
lost awhile which used to be so familiar to me. I 
recall the companionship, the influence, the comfort 
and encouragement, the inspiration and the blessing 
of some consecrated Christian lives I found here when 
I came that were treading in the "pathway of the 
just," which shine th more and more unto the perfect 
day, and are now on the heavenly side of the com- 
munion of saints. I cannot go along a single street, 
I can hardly enter a single house but that it brings 
back something — some bright day, some happy meet- 
ing, some pleasant social intercourse, some pastoral 
association, some summons to hasten in the dark, 
chill morning or the late night or the warm Summer 
days to some sick child, or to some death bed, or to 
some other form of priestly service of advice and en- 
couragement, sometimes beyond the range of my own 
parochial environment. How it all comes back 
through all these years as if it were but yesterday! 

I suppose that one of the happiest joys that life pos- 
sesses is in dwelling upon memories that yield sweet 
and happy treasures of the past. It was a score of 
years ago that God brought you and me together to 
face our parochial tasks and assume the responsibili- 
ties of His Kingdom. These tasks and responsibili- 
ties were, in some ways, stupendous. I wondered 
at the confidence imposed in one of so little experi- 
ence to attack them. There was the damage of time 
to be repaired. There was a heavy burden to be 
lifted. There were weak places to be made strong 
and strong places to be made stronger. There were 
foundations to be laid. There were obstructions to 

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be removed. There were things to be done to make 
this church in which we worship more suitable for the 
holy uses to which it has been set apart. And all 
these things to be done in the midst of discourage- 
ment and depression, when the hearts of many were 
failing them for fear in the hopeless outlook. Yet 
because of your good will and help, your cordial re- 
sponse of heart and hand, because of the liberality 
of your time and labor and the munificence of your 
giving and the benefactions and vision of those who 
have gone where they need no temple, I have lived to 
see practically everything completed which 20 years 
ago I set my heart upon to do. 

I could give you, what might seem pertinent at such 
a time, the facts and figures of these many years as a 
testimony of the zeal and devotion, the hard work, 
the unflagging and loyal cooperative spirit of a 
united people, which has made it possible to produce 
large things out of meagre resources, and they can 
be had by anyone who wants them. 

But statistics are dry and lifeless evidences of in- 
terest, and only express in a measure, kinds of human 
activity. There are many deep spiritual things 
which lie hidden in human hearts facts and figures 
cannot express, forms of Christian service which are 
known of God and are written in the "Lamb's Book 
of Life." 

My dear friends, the pride I am indulging in today 
for what you have made possible to be done in our 
parochial successes, is not the pride of any ostenta- 
tious exultation, because what we have done was no 
more than what God expected of us. But the pride 
I am exulting in and which I love to reflect upon is 
for that united effort of our people, without regard 
to their finances, their powers, or their position, 
which has graced and beautified every undertaking of 
particular significance that belongs to the years that 

160 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

lie behind. To me, at least, the call, the obligation 
for the deepest and most earnest thankfulness is for 
that unbroken spirit of unity, peace and concord 
which has prevailed between us all these years. For 
this, as well as for many other things, I have reason 
to praise you much. You have been indulgent with 
my faults and limitations, considerate with my omis- 
sions, patient with my mistakes, forgiving when I 
have judged harshly or spoken hastily, gentle in your 
criticisms, generous in your appreciations, loyal in 
your support, ready to rally around with energetic 
cooperation any parochial cause to which I have cal- 
led you. This attitude of love and good will is an 
asset of parish life, far richer than lands and bonds. 
And now, as I draw near to the end to what I have 
wanted to say this morning, I pass on to dwell for a 
moment upon another thought I have in mind. In 
20 years, with a people so willing as you are, with 
hearts so kind, so ready to listen, so quickly touched 
and moved, what have we not done that we could 
have done? What use for the advancement in the 
things of God have we made of the time we have been 
together as pastor and people? These are serious 
and heart-reaching questions. We cannot fully 
answer them here at this moment, but they cannot be 
forgotten in our secret souls either by you or me and 
some day they must be answered. The recognition 
of spiritual opportunities, the gratitude for spiritual 
privileges in our beautiful church, the spiritual bles- 
sings we have in this Christian land which others have 
not, have we made out of them all that we could? or 
have we become so used to them that we do not ap- 
preciate them? Wishes for the past to return, the 
conviction that if it did we would use it better, are 
idle; but they are useful witnesses that we would do 
things differently; put our strength and time to bet- 
ter use. As we turn, therefore, the number 21, let 

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it be for each one of us an entrance into higher spirit- 
ual things, with our hearts responding to God's influ- 
ence, inclining and helping us to be more impressed 
with the realities of life and more faithful in an earn- 
est religious living. And, in the furtherance of this 
may I say this one word in conclusion: Sometimes 
I have thought very seriously that it might be to 
your advantage and benefit if you had some new 
voice, some fresh personality to lead you on and high- 
er in the Christian life. In trying to declare to you 
all the counsel of God with the imperfections of 
which I am painfully aware, I have told you all I 
know. You have grown accustomed to my teach- 
ing, familiar with my ways and used to my methods. 
It is natural for human minds to want changes in 
teaching as much as changes of food, place and 
scenes; and while my love for you remains the same 
and my desire to do you good has suffered no relapse, 
and my eagerness to labor here for souls with all the 
strength and capacity I am possessed with is unalter- 
ed, yet in the course of what is human you think the 
coming of a new life and fresh ideas and different 
methods would result in greater good to the Parish, 
then, without any feeling of pain other than that of 
separation, I would yield to the free expression of 
your desires. No Parish should ever be called upon 
to suffer the adversity of an enforced Rectorship, nor 
feel in any way hampered in acting freely for its life 
and development. But, however this may be, we 
have in the Providence of God been brought to part- 
ing between the old and the new, and I can think of 
no better wish, as I look forward in the future, than 
the words of the affectionate Apostle, "For this 
cause I do not cease to pray for you, and to desire you 
to be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wis- 
dom and spiritual understanding, that ye might walk 
worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in 

162 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

every good work and increasing in the knowledge of 

And may I not end with this earnest adjuration, 
''Be perfect and of good comfort, be of one mind, live 
in peace, and the God of Love and Peace shall be 
with you. And now brethren, kind and loving 
friends, warm hearted and loyal parishioners, I com- 
mend you to God and to the word of His grace, 
which is able to build you up and to give you an in- 
heritance among all them which are sanctified. 

At the close of the morning service the rector was 
guided into the parish house, quite regardless of any 
demonstration in store for him. There, in the presence 
of all the members of the parish who could be there, 
Gouverneur Kemble made an address, gracefully and 
feelingly alluding to the event in the following words: 

The duties of a Warden are, indeed, varied. Ac- 
cording to the canons of the English Church a Ward- 
en is required to enforce reverence and attention dur- 
ing divine service, to prevent loiters and idle persons 
from frequenting the church yard and porch during 
such service, to maintain order at all meetings of the 
congregation and at the visitation of Bishops and 
Archdeacons, to prepare a list of those so offending, 
together with the names of all schismatics, non-com- 
municants at Easter and all those guilty of grave 
crimes or scandals. 

With such a weight of responsibility resting upon 
the shoulders of a Warden you can realize my feeling 
of relief that this, my first official duty as Warden of 
this church, is to act as the medium for the presentation 
of a token for long and faithful services. More es- 
pecially, when the recipient is one so universally re- 
vered and respected. I doubt very much if the pro- 

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moters of this enterprise realized that they were cele- 
brating, not a single anniversary, not a double an- 
niversary, but a triple anniversary, for about one 
hundred years ago when arrangements were being 
made for the establishing of a manufacturing plant 
in this locality, Mr. Kemble, the most prominent of 
those connected, stated that when he first came here 
there was not a single Episcopalian within the con- 
fines of what is now Cold Spring. From the start of 
those little meetings held in the loft over the old Bor- 
ing Mill, the readings of Scripture and services with- 
out the aid of clergy, then ten years later the erection 
of the Union Church on Market Street, due primarily 
to the efforts of four men of different religious per- 
suasions, Gouverneur Kemble, the President, and 
William Young, of the West Point Foundry; William 
Davenport and Elisha Nelson, the Elder for the 

Then seventy -five years ago came the brick church 
on Main Street and about fifty years ago the edifice 
before us, which we so dearly love and admire. 

It is singularly appropriate that on this day, Trini- 
ty Sunday, attention should be called to those who in 
their times, by their energy and devotion built up 
and maintained the parish. 

The names of Gouverneur Kemble, the 1st; Robert 
P. Parrott, Gouverneur Kemble, the 2d; Chas. Miller 
and Gouverneur Paulding as Wardens, Henry Jay- 
cox, Robert B. Hitchcock, Albert Amerman, Alex- 
ander Hamilton, John Taylor, Matthias McCaffrey, 
Ellis H. Timm, James N. Paulding, Dr. F. D. Lente, 
Dr. Wm. Young, F. P. James, Charles W. Whipple, 
James H. Haldane, William H. Ladue, William 
Henry Haldane, John Campbell, Daniel Butterfield 
and George D. Thomas as vestrymen. 

Then the parishioners, our forebears. Yes; my 
good people, one's strength is the greater and one's 

164 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

faith the firmer, when we recall them to memory. 

The women who were gentle, yet strong, and the 
men who loved honor more than life, who fought their 
good fight on these rocky banks of Hudson's River, 
where for a few short years we play our little part. 

Elbert Floyd-Jones, you have enlisted in the army 
of Jesus Christ and have been commissioned in His 
service. For twenty years you have been stationed 
here, where by your personality and religious zeal, 
you have done much to maintain its usefulness and 
enhance its possibilities. Your service has been such 
as any soldier should be proud of — honest and faith- 
ful. Therefore, on behalf of the members of the 
congregation of St. Mary's in the Highlands, I beg 
to present you with this token of their respect and 

The token, to which Mr. Kemble referred in his tri- 
bute of affection, was a bag especially made for the oc- 
casion by a member of the parish, and filled with sixty 
dollars in gold, which was subsequently used in the pur- 
chase of a mahogany desk. 

At the completion of Mr. Kemble's address, the rector, 
deeply touched, responded in a few words which he felt 
were most inadequate to express his appreciation of the 
kindly feeling shown to him. 

In connection with this occasion many letters were 
received, some of which are here given: 

850 Madison Ave., 
May 31st, 1915. 
My dear Rector: 

I congratulate you warmly on your twentieth an- 
niversary and all the noble work you have done in the 

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I wish I could have been with you yesterday at the 
Church where I recall so many beautiful services in 
my boyhood. 

I am only a few hours in Garrison every week, as 
Mrs. Osbom has been unable to move up. 

With prayers for the continued welfare of St. 

I am faithfully yours, 
(Signed) Henry Fairfield Osborn. 

North Redoubt, 

Garrison on Hudson, 
June 19th, 1916. 
Just a line of congratulation upon the completion 
of twenty years of self abnegating service for St. 
Mary's and the Church. Were the Parish a living 
organism, this note would go to it and not to you, but 
as I cannot address my recognition of the work done 
to it, I must send this line to my old time parishioner 
and friend for one whole generation. 

(Signed) Walter Thompson 

May 26, 1915. 

It is with the very greatest regret that I find myself 
unable to go to you next Sunday and to show by my 
personal presence and also by some fitting words on 
the occasion my appreciation of your long and faithful 
service as the Rector of St. Mary's Church, Cold 
Spring. Most unfortunately , however , I am not able 
to change my appointments for that day, and I am 
therefore sending you this line of congratulation and 
affection, and to assure both you and your parish of 
my deep interest in your work. 

Praying that God may continue to bless you in 
your efforts and in your labors, believe me with best 

Very sincerely yours, 

David H. Greer. 

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But the crowning anniversary of all, surpassing any 
ever held in this parish, was that commemorating its 
foundation. It was the diamond jubilee of the incor- 
poration of the parish and the erection and consecra- 
tion of the first church. It took place on a perfect au- 
tumnal day, balmy as the springtime, a day that will 
never fade from the memories of those who were fortu- 
nate enough to participate in the celebration of a grateful 

At a meeting of the vestry, held June 23, 1916, a reso- 
lution was adopted pledging the interest and support 
of the vestry in leading the members of the parish to 
fitly observe this significant event. Considerable ar- 
rangements had been made for its just and proper ob- 
servance. Those, who, having once been attached to 
the parish but are now residing in other parts of the 
country, were invited to be present. They came in 
great numbers, to join in the joy of the parish. 

Sunday, November 19, 1916, opened with a celebra- 
tion of the Holy Communion, at which the Rev. E. C. 
Saunders, Sc. D., one of the three living rectors, was the 
celebrant. This gave a spiritual and devotional touch 
to the proceedings of the anniversary. The service was 
largely attended by its former and present communi- 
cants. At a later service in the day, the Rev. Isaac 
Van Winkle, who since that time has entered into life 
eternal, for seventeen years a faithful rector of the par- 
ish, was the preacher. His address was filled with much 
tenderness and feeling. 

The service at three o'clock in the afternoon was the 
particular one of the whole celebration and there is 
nothing with which to compare it in the history of the 

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parish. Promptly at 3 o'clock, the procession of choir 
and clergy, the Sunday School, the confirmation candi- 
dates, the wardens and vestrymen of the parish passed 
into the church from the parish house, to the strains of 
the grand, old, familiar hymn. "The Church's One Foun- 
dation." The nave of the church was thronged and 
the large congregation seemed to be full of the spirit 
of the occasion. Evening Prayer was said by the Rev. 
Isaac Van Winkle. Dr. Saunders read the lesson. 
Bishop Burch, acting for Bishop Greer, then confirmed 
a class of ten and addressed them in a simple heart to 
heart talk. 

This was followed by an historical sermon by the rector 
of St Philip's in the Highlands, the Rev. E. C. Chorley, 
D. D., who, after making many interesting references to 
the past history of the parish unknown to many, closed 
his address in the following words: 

My friends, you cannot walk about your Zion; you 
cannot recall your parochial history without two 
thoughts leaping to the front. 

The first is your debt to the past. You are reaping 
where others have sowed. Other men have labored 
and you have entered into their labors. You have 
inherited a noble church and parish house, and now 
your parochial plant is rounded out by the addition 
of the much needed rectory, which is to be dedicated 
today. All these buildings have come to you as the 
free gift of those who greatly loved this parish. They 
have cost this generation nothing. Now privilege 
means obligation. This generation has its duty and 
that duty is to provide for the permanency of this 
work. You hold these buildings in trust for your 
children. You cannot better discharge that trust 
than by a liberal response to the appeal of your Rector 

168 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

for an endowment, for that alone will ensure the per- 
manency of this work. 

The second thought is gratitude to Almighty God 
for all his goodness to you as a parish, and spring out 
of that, quiet confidence for the future. 

You are passing through, not a period of parochial 
depression, but a period of parochial trial, a trial 
which tests alike your faith and your courage. Your 
numbers have been sadly depleted. Many who wor- 
shipped with you here and contributed liberally have 
passed into the land of silence and service. Others 
have moved away to labor in other parts of the one 
vineyard, and you are left to bear the burden and 
heat of the long day. 

Remember, to your encouragement, the motto on 
the Wesley monument in Westminster Abbey, "God 
buries his workmen, but carries on his work.'* If at 
times you are tempted to cry with Elijah, "I, even I, 
only am left," remember that God is left, and you 
are workers together with him. That God who was 
the help of your fathers in the years that are past, 
will be the hope of their succeeding race. This God 
is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even 
unto death. Men may come and men may go, but, 
Jesus Christ, the great Head of the Church, is the 
same yesterday, today and forever. The future of 
the work in this parish is bright as the promises of 

Therefore, my beloved brethern, be ye steadfast; 
unmoveable; always abounding in the work of the 
Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in 
vain in the Lord. 

After the service the Bishop, clergy and people went 
immediately to the new rectory, which was dedicated 
by Bishop Burch. 

On the evening of November 20, 1916, as one of the 

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features of this celebration, a reception was held in the 
parish house, which was designed for fraternal greet- 
ings and social good cheer. The evening began with a 
little dramatic effort that was full of fun and humor and 
put everybody in a jovial and happy mood. Two let- 
ters of regret for not being able to be present were read 
from the Rev. Frank Heartfield of St. George's Church, 
Newburgh, a parish represented at the consecration of 
the first church, and also one containing a long message 
of affectionate greeting and reminiscence from the Rev. 
Mytton Maury, D.D., who was in charge of the parish 
when the second church was built. 

Gouverneur Kemble made an address on "Loyalty," 
following some historical remarks suggested and inspired 
by those stalwart members of St. Mary's in days past 
who by their fine Christian principles and high ideals, 
had left an indelible impression upon our parochial 

Another feature of the celebration was an organ re- 
cital, which was heard by a large number of people. The 
choir of the church did particularly good work, and Miss 
Elizabeth Tolmie, a member of the church, charmed the 
audience with her violin playing. Some soloists, who 
at the invitation of the organist, came from New York, 
and assisted in the recital, also gave much pleasure by 
their musical culture. 

This brought the seventy-fifth anniversary celebra- 
tion of St. Mary's to a close and the parish has entered 
upon another period of its history, with renewed hopes 
and quickened energies and fresh encouragements, not 
forgetting the things of the past that ought to be re- 
membered for the benefit of the future, but reaching 

170 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

forth, eager for new tasks prepared and ready for more 
consecrated endeavor, unto the duties that lie before 
it, with the vision of the coming years that will put the 
parish among those that can boast of a century. 

While the enthusiasm of this celebration was at its 
height, it seemed a fitting opportunity to emphasize the 
importance of increasing the endowment fund of the 
parish, and in order that this might have the widest pos- 
sible consideration, the following appeal was distributed: 

The parish of St. Mary's-in-the-Highlands has 
come to its seventy-fifth year. As parishes go id this 
country, it may be considered an old parish, though 
there are some in the diocese of New York that sur- 
pass it with a history extending back to colonial days. 
When this parish was organized and services were 
started, it was under circumstances most favorable 
for the growth and maintenance of the church. But, 
with the lapse of time and amid the changing condi- 
tions which happen to people and communities, ours 
has been one stricken hard by unexpected and unfor- 
seen events, that have conspired against the prosperi- 
ty of our village. Naturally, our church shares this 
calamity, and feels keenly the depression which has 
unavoidably descended upon it, intensified by the 
deaths of some of her strongest supporters, and by 
the removals of many who did their part to maintain 
it. It is conditions such as these, changeful, vacil- 
lating, capricious, yet inevitable, which force us all 
who at present are responsible for the future mainten- 
ance of the church, to face the serious problem, which 
looms up very large, how its support and the provis- 
ion for its ministrations, may be assured in the fu- 
ture. There is only one way in which this may be 
done, and the hurtful effect of the changes of time 
and things be frustrated. It is most necessary that 

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the church shall have the bulwark of an endowment 
fund, sufficient to meet the actual necessities of pa- 
rochial support, and proceed on her way of usefulness 
undisturbed. At present the church has a trust fund 
of $10,000, only half of which, because of the restrict- 
ions of the donors, can be used for current expenses. 

Based on what it now costs to meet the needs of 
the parish, cut down to the lowest possible figure of 
economy, there should be an endowment of $50,000. 
If the church possessed this, all fear for the future, 
which is not now unwarranted, could be abandoned. 

Is not the time of this anniversary we are celebrat- 
ing with pride and gratitude for our beautiful church 
a most auspicious one to give to this matter serious 
thought; a time most suitable to inspire those whose 
associations of the parish are dear, and to whom the 
church has in the past given the most precious things 
of life; to rally to her cause, to protect her from future 
vicissitudes, to provide for her vital needs, and insure 
against the day of greater adversities? $1,000 has 
lately been given for the endowment fund by a de- 
voted member of the parish. May it be the inspira- 
tion and forerunner of many gifts, so that the church 
may, unlet and unhindered, grow and prosper and 
maintain its proper place in the lives and interests of 
our people. 

The response to this appeal was very general and 
generous, and as a result of it $1,750.00 was given to be 
added to the endowment fund. The largest gift to this 
fund was from one of the most devoted members of the 
parish, being sent to the Rector with the accompanying 
letter : 

Washington, D. C. Oct. 26th, 1916. 

I am taking advantage of the opportunity of the 
seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of St. 

172 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Mary's Church in the Highlands to send you a check 
for $1000.00, to be invested for the Church's Endow- 
ment Fund and the interest used for the support of 
the Church. 

(Signed) Elizabeth Y. Fillebrown. 

There was also received at this time another noble 
contribution of $500.00 from Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Church 
Osborn, who have always been in hearty accord with 
all the good works in Cold Spring and have shown deep 
interest in the progress and welfare of St. Mary's, 

On Trinity Sunday, June 15th, 1919, the rector cele- 
brated the twenty-fifth anniversary of his ordination 
to the priesthood. The Rev. Walter Thompson, D.D., 
who was rector of St. Philip's in the Highlands when 
this ordination was solemnized, was the preacher. Upon 
this Sunday also the rector entered upon the twenty- 
fifth year of his rectorship, which he hopes to complete 
and celebrate Trinity Sunday, 1920. The subject of 
Dr. Thompson's sermon was the building of the Temple 
from I Kings 6:7. He referred to the anniversary of 
the rector's ordination in the following gracious and kind- 
ly words: 

My dear brother, five and twenty years ago, it was 
my privilege to present you to your Bishop for ad- 
mission into the sacred order of the priesthood. Ap- 
proximately, during all that time, the long period of 
a quarter of a century, you have stood in this temple 
preaching the word that leadeth unto life eternal, and 
ministering the sacraments which unite the life tem- 
poral with the life divine. You, in your place have 
been building a temple, not alone adorning the ma- 
terial fabric to make it worthy to all that it symbol- 
izes but building up moral character the one asset 

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which your spiritual children can carry with them 
into that other temple not made with hands. 

You have followed the example of your Master and 
taken up into your arms the little children to give to 
them the regenerating influence of the Holy Spirit of 
God. You have trained the lambs of Christ's flock 
through the influence of the Sunday School until they 
were prepared to ratify and confirm the solemn obli- 
gation made in their behalf by their spiritual spon- 
sors. You have broken the Bread of Life at this al- 
tar and given your people the richest gift of earthly 
life, spiritual participation in the Life Divine. You 
have sealed with the Church's benediction those, who 
at this altar have given themselves in the sacred 
bonds of matrimony. You have knelt at the bed- 
side of the departing and given the "viaticum" to 
the soul breaking the bonds of this earthly tabernacle, 
to put on the new tabernacle, "not made with hands 
eternal in the heavens." 

So you have gone in and out amongst the homes 
of your parishioners as the pastor and shepherd going 
before the flock to lead them into the paths of peace. 

You will recall the story of the Roman matron 
who, when asked regarding her wealth, pointed to her 
children. You have translated during your long and 
enduring rectorship the trans valuation of earthly 
standard of measurements into the true valuations 
as taught by your Master, Christ. Those youths 
and maidens nurtured under your pastoral care, are 
the evidences of your life of service and devotion to 
the Church of Christ's founding. So it all resolves 
itself into the words taken for the text "There was 
neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard 
in the house" during all the years you have been 
building the temple of human character and youth 
in things divine. 

As I stand in this pulpit to-day, a pulpit always 

174 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

hospitable to me, and warmly congratulate you in 
the name of all those assembled with us to-day, I am 
reminded of St. Paul's journey to Jerusalem. You 
will remember how he sent the elders of the Church 
in Ephesus to meet him at Miletus, and how he said 
to them, "I have coveted no man's silver or gold or 
apparel, I have showed you all things how that ye 
ought to support the weak and remember the words 
of the Lord Jesus how he said 'It is more blessed to 
give than to receive' ". And Christ gave and St. 
Paul gave and you have given all our Heavenly 
Father has ever asked of any child of grace, the gift 
of service and of love. 

May I express in words the universal and unword- 
ed appreciation of your loving service and work of 
all of us assembled in this holy temple, that when the 
fullness of God's time shall come, you, with all those 
whom you have spiritually nurtured in this earthly 
temple, may have their perfect consummation and 
bliss, both in body and soul, in that other temple, 
not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens. 

In connection with this anniversary and as a thank 
offering for being permitted to serve for twenty-five 
years in the sacred ministry of the church the rector 
of St. Mary's moved the font and rearranged the pews 
at the rear of the church giving the appearance of a bap- 
tistry. This change, long needed, was happily received 
with a unanimous commendation. 


Oct. 25th, 1891. Service in commemoration of 

Fiftieth Anniversary of the 

founding of the Parish. 

Preacher: Rt. Rev. H. C. 

Potter, D.D., Bishop of 

N. Y. 

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Oct. 9th, 1892. Celebration of 400th Anniver- 
sary of discovery of America. 
Preacher: the Rector, from 
Eph. 1:10. 

May 26th, 1898. Dedication of New Organ. 

Preacher: Rev. Lewis Cam- 

Sept. 16th, 1900. Service for sufferers in Galves- 
ton flood. 

Oct. 14th, 1900. Service for Fraternal Orders. 
Preacher: the Rector, from 
S. Luke 12:21. 

Feb. 3rd, 1901. Memorial Service for Queen 

Preacher: the Rector, from 
Prov. 31:30. 

Sept. 20th, 1901. Memorial Service for President 

Preacher: the Rector, from 
II Sam. 3:38. 

April 22nd, 1906. Service for Order of Odd Fel- 

Preacher: the Rector, from 
St. Luke 10 31:32. 

June 2nd, 1907. Service for Fraternal Orders. 
Preacher: the Rector, from 
I John 4:20. 

Sept. 15th, 1907. Service in memory of 300 years 
of American Christianity. 
Preacher: the Rector, from 
St. Luke 7:14. 

Nov. 13th, 1907. Service for Hudson River Di- 
vision of Woman's Auxiliary. 
Addresses by Bishops Fer- 
guson and Welles. 

176 St Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

March 20th, 1909. Service for Order of Odd Fel- 

Preacher: the Rector, from 
Deut. 5:17. 

Sept. 26th, 1909. Hudson-Fulton Celebration. 
Preacher: the Rector, from 
Ezekiel 47:9. 

April 21st, 1912. Memorial Service for Victims 
of Titanic disaster. 

Aug. 10th, 1914. Special service of supplication 
for peace among the nations. 

Nov. 19th, 1916. Service in memory of 75th An- 
niversary of the founding of 
the Parish. 

Preacher: Rev. E. C. Chor- 

ley, D.D. 

May 18th, 1917. Patriotic service: 

Mr. A. H. O'Connor, former- 
ly of British Army, made an 

July 14 th, 1918. Celebration of Bastile Day. 
Nov. 28th, 1918. Thanksgiving for Victory. 

Preacher: the Rector, from 

Rom. 11:2. 

Feb. 9th, 1919. Memorial service for President 

Preacher: the Rector, from 
Matt. 10:39. 

The following sermon was delivered by the author on 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Sunday, Sept. 26, 1909, which 
was printed by request: 

"And everything shall live whither the river 
cometh."— Ezekiel 47:9. 

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Unlike most historical cities, Jerusalem had no 
river. No Tigris, or Euphrates, or Tiber, washed her 
walls, or flowed through her surrounding valleys. 
A fountain or two, a well or two, and an occasional 
intermittent stream, were all its water supply. The 
Jordan was at a distance, the Kedron was only a 
winter torrent, which left in the summer, its channel 

To us who dwell in a "land of rivers of water,* ' 
the importance and significance of streams of fertility 
and beneficence to those who live in the hot, dry 
sandy wastes of the East, can only in a measure be 
understood and appreciated. There, in that "bar- 
ren land where no water is," a river was naturally 
prized as of priceless worth, regarded as a chief bless- 
ing, more precious than jewels, looked upon as a gift 
of God, a boon of inestimable worth to the sons of 
men. To make Paradise complete, it must have its 
river, branching into four parts, bearing in its course 
life and happiness. To-day the Hindoo worships 
the sacred river Ganges as a god, the traveller over 
the Egyptain deserts is taught to look with reverence 
on the sacred Nile. The Greek hero of olden times 
vowed an offering of Achilles' hair to his native river, 
if ever that gallant son should return safe from the 
siege of Troy. 

The Jews, with their sylph-life Jordan, always 
cast longing eyes toward the copious streams of their 
more prosperous neighbors. Two of their captivities 
had been spent beside mighty rivers, veritable spinal 
columns, as it were, of the country where they were 
restrained in bondage, sources of life, beauty, and 
bounty with their productive flood, and fruit-yield- 
ing mud. 

And that fact throws light on more than one Old 
Testament passage. Isaiah contrasts the waters of 
Siloam, symbolizing God's gentle sway, with the 

178 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

river, strong and mighty, the symbol of the tyranny 
of Assyria. "There is a river," sings the Psalmist, 
in the triumphant exclamations of a poetical refrain, 
the emblem of peace and prosperity, "whose streams 
shall make glad the City of God." And the vision 
of living waters flowing from the temple, which the 
prophet Ezekiel saw, is an inviting analogy to a gi- 
gantic fountain of enjoyment and prosperity , a mystic 
and mysterious stream flowing from beneath the 
temple doors, with a rapid increase of depth and 
width, fertilizing and extending life everywhere, 
pouring itself into the noisesome waters of eternity, 
the prophecy of a mighty salvation, to riverless 
Jerusalem, the outcome of a trust in God. 

The service of the river, as the basis of Ezekiel's 
prophecy, was to supply the symbol of advancement 
to lands and nations. It displays its sign of prosper- 
ity. Most of the great cities of the world have been 
built on rivers, because their growth and enrichment 
depended upon the treasures borne on the bosom of 
a deep, free-flowing stream, to their very doors, 
carrying the fruits of toil to far-off places and people. 
All life of great nations started with the river. It 
was along their banks that the earliest human races 
took their course, making their way through track- 
less regions by the guiding shores of great waterways, 
leaving the memories of pluck and perseverance in 
the rude weapons of a pristine civilization, which the 
spade of the historically inquisitive finds beneath the 
soil along all the great rivers of the world. 

But besides being the sign of prosperity, the river 
in itself supplies the emblem of progress. It is a 
river that has been the high road of empires, and one 
such has been the means, largely, of making in a 
Union of States, one state which bears the name of 
Empire. A little inland town, cut off from a com- 
mercial waterway, may stagnate, decay and die, 

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while the port of some great arterial stream, bath- 
ing a large territory on its downward way to the sea, 
advances rapidly. 

And it is this feeling of progressive life which gives 
to one whose dwelling overshadows the waters of 
some swift river, gliding merrily by, a feeling of 
breath and bigness, in that source of connection with 
the outside world. To watch its placid waters being 
churned constantly by the various craft of commer- 
cial enterprise, is to dispel loneliness, and to create 
the feeling of being more or less in touch with the 
larger life of the world beyond one's own narrow en- 
vironment. Rivers are like books and people, they 
have an individuality and voice all their own. 

Such thoughts as these ought to seem all the more 
real to us, whose lot has been cast, and whose homes 
have been planted by the water side of a peerless 
river, carrying its verdure and its life as it rolls on, 
brimming and abundant, carrying resources for the 
myriad wants of the metropolis of the Western world 
contributing its waters to a harbor, on whose waves 
the navies of the world may ride, diffusing in its de- 
scending flow, freshness and fragrance along its 
emerald tinted shores, as the continuous current of 
the silver threaded Hudson flows on. The romantic 
beauty of a stream so dear to us, its varied charms, 
its stretches of loveliness, its jutting headlands, its 
serrated skylines, its towering rocks, its picturesque 
recesses, its peaks and slopes, the stirring and vital 
events of history as associated with the struggles, the 
crucial conflicts, the brilliant exploits of pioneers, the 
distinguished and daring difficulties of heroes fight- 
ing amid its forests, battles for freedom, its vast com- 
mercial strength, far more than of local moment, 
these things put us in patriotic unison, with the de- 
sire to honor the memories of those twin personali- 
ties, that "soldier of fortune," an intrepid navigator 

180 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

whose ardor the perils of adventure could not cool, 
nor could hardships and the dangers of the sea ob- 
literate the dream that lured on that daring seaman 
to other shores and whose zealous pursuit found and 
explored from mouth to source the river that bears 
his name, making the discovery of it efficient for the 
progress of civilization. And the other a mechanical 
genius of the highest order, whose masterly gift ex- 
hibited in the fulfillment of a splendid achievement, 
endowed a lifegiving stream, already mighty in its 
resources, with a more abundant power in the ap- 
plication of a force of nature to the progress and use 
of man. 

And, yet, important and interesting and of notable 
significance as such events truly are, not only as fac- 
tors in the rise and development of the business ener- 
gies of a city at one end, and the political advance- 
ment of a legislative center at the other, opening up 
a new era in American history; in such events, and 
events kindred to them, must be recognized, "not 
merely the bold adventure and the inventive wit of 
man, but the unfolding of a purpose more than hu- 
man, wherein may be seen the guiding hand of God, 
who in such and other providential ways , is knitting 
nations together in closer ties, and in stronger bonds 
of common interest and neighborly relation, and is 
so preparing the way for the coming of His kingdom.' * 

Celebrations which have their inspiration in men 
and things, supply wide open channels for the ex- 
penditure of energy and the lavish display of money, 
and the outpouring of pent-up patriotism in speech 
and song, and spectacular effort. And yet if that 
national function, already at hand, is to have a value 
beyond the momentary and passing pomp of pagean- 
try, to honor names and incidents of imperishable 
renown, it ought to produce greater civic responsi- 
bilities, and leave some lasting impression in a more 

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venerated respect for such things as unmistakably 
bear the impress of God's own creative handiwork. 
While cities, towns and villages are assuming a gala 
dress, while brains are working and strength is being 
spent in exhausted efforts, while money is flowing 
and noises are rending the air and flags are flying 
from roof and window, to do honor to the river that 
bears Hudson's name, and which displayed Fulton's 
accomplishment, your homes are being jarred almost 
every day as a great and majestic rock-ribbed bat- 
tlement, one of the most prominent monuments of 
the river's glory, is being blown into atoms by the 
commercial greed of quarry vandals. And what are 
you doing about it, to help in the creating of a public 
uprising, to bring such an influence of undaunted per- 
sistence and untiring persistency to bear, that will 
not cease in a concerted labor until some decisive 
action of conserving the adjacent mountains of the 
Hudson is demanded of the legislators of this State, 
who hold the sacred trust of taking care of that State 
in all things. By speech and perseverance, by un- 
flagging toil, by unremitting determination and un- 
bounded patience, was the way the salvation of the 
Palisades was accomplished by a whole army of 
gallant and public spirited women, whose deed of 
lustre should be enshrined in the grateful memories 
of future generations. 

If only a small portion of the energy, zeal and 
enthusiasm spent on the coming celebration, could 
be expended in the direction of keeping the Hud- 
son's shores intact, every mountain there, now in the 
grip of throbbing engines of destruction, might be 
saved. 1 

In a comparatively short time the Hudson-Fulton 
pageant, so long a preparing, will be, save for some 

1 Since this sermon was written the Storm King quarry referred to has 
been abandoned. 

182 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

few commemorative structures in stone, brass and 
bronze, only a thing of past glory. But whatever 
part you may have had in bearing your tribute to 
the effectual discovery of a highway of travel and 
commerce of tremendous magnitude, may that 
river upon which it all centers, flowing on, though 
"men and human affairs come and go," concerning 
which you have many tender memories, its waters 
suggestive of many recollections, that revive experi- 
ences of happy days and scenes behind you, lead you 
on to grasp those higher truths, that wider vision of 
spiritual significance, in the emblem of the prophets' 

"Everything shall live whither the river cometh." 
In a material sense, that is true of the river to 
whose fame, prestige and honor you have united to 
bear your testimony. To every form of life it has 
contributed. It has contributed to intellectual life, 
by helping in the acquisition and diffusion of knowl- 
edge. It has contributed to social life, having drawn 
5,000,000, it is said to reside on or contiguous to its 
banks. It has contributed to industrial life, its trib- 
utary streams turning the wheels of factory and 
mill. It has contributed to spiritual life by carrying 
cross-bearers to plant the standard of the Christian 
faith at the life saving stations of the mission field of 
the West. But in the river vision, as Ezekiel saw it, 
is the material emblem, pointing to the spiritual 
river of life, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that wond- 
rous scheme of God's mercy, fed from a heavenly 
source, filled with heavenly water, resplendent with 
heavenly beauty, God's own river of divine grace, 
bearing on its bosom the rich abundance of His bles- 
sed gifts, that same river of a divine life, of which 
Christ spake, when making reference to that Spirit 
which those who believe on Him should receive. 
Thus "everything about the soul shall live, 

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whither the river of life cometh," which is the symbol 
of God Himself, imparting by the outflow of His ex- 
haustless love, grace to the soul, communicating life 
to the understanding, to keep it from error's way; 
life to the imagination, to keep it pure; life to the 
affections, to keep them centered on fine ideals; life 
to the whole nature, that it may not be dead in tres- 
passes and sins. 

In his captivity on the river of the East and in his 
prison on the Isle of Patmos, a Jewish prophet and a 
Christian apostle, blend their messages, furnishing 
the same copy and chart of the fruit bearing banks 
of the river of the soul's fructifying, resuscitating 

"And everything shall live whither the river of the 
Gospel flows through the human heart," the prophet 
Ezekiel proclaims, and the echo of his voice sounds 
out in the life-giving flood, the fruit-bearing banks 
of the river of life, which St. John saw, flowing 
through the streets of the New Jerusalem. "For 
He showed me," says the apostle, "a pure river of 
Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the 
throne of God, and of the Lamb." Upon that river 
let us launch the soul's ship, taking the Divine Pilot 
aboard, following the directions of His leadership, 
guiding the craft of life over the waves and through 
the boisterous winds of this troublesome world, until 
the anchor of hope is cast in the waters of the heaven- 
ly harbor of peace and safety. 

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"So is he that layeth up treasure for himself and is 
not rich toward God." — St. Luke 12:21. 

These words of the Divine Master, suggest an 
incident which immediately precedes them. Our 
Lord, in one of His memorable discourses, has been 
listened to by a man who evidently hears for the first 
time the words of eternal life. He was deeply im- 
pressed with what he heard and his contact with the 
noblest character he had ever met, aroused his keen- 
est interest. We all know how natural it is, when 
confidence and love have been won from pupils by 
their teacher, to consult him on matters that lie near- 
est to their concerns and interest. It was so upon 
that occasion, when our Lord was drawn into a pri- 
vate matter. As far back as those days there seemed 
to have been family disputes over the question of 
property, and the appeal is made to Christ, by a dis- 
satisfied youth, to use his authority and interfere in 
the division of some estate in order that he might get 
the legitimate share of which he had been deprived. 
It was certainly a most unsympathetic and out of 
place suggestion to bring Christ down from the high 
pinnacle of his spiritual teaching to enter into and 
settle a family quarrel. Now, if you follow the story 
to its end, you will find that our Lord declined to be 
an arbitrator between the two brothers, on the 
ground that his purpose and mission were not to set- 
tle domestic quarrels over worldly matters, but su- 
premely to lead men's thoughts away from the things 
of earth, to their treasures laid up for them in the next 
world. But Christ, at any rate, made out of the re- 
quest an occasion upon which to point his hearers to 
that larger truth which embraces human life in gen- 
eral, that a man's life consisteth not in the abundance 
of the things which he possesseth. To emphasize this 

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truth, He draws the parable of a rich fool. I call 
him so because the Bible does. He was not a fool 
because he was rich, but because his wealth had led 
him into the fatal folly of spending his time think- 
ing and planning to enlarge his premises and increase 
the size of his barns, so he could hoard up the pro- 
duce of his fruitful farm. He was anxious because 
he could find no way to dispose of his wealth, when 
lives he might have helped and gladdened lived all 
about him. Like most covetous and selfish folk his 
material abundance was not happiness but an anx- 
iety. His proposition to settle down on his income 
in ease and pleasure would have yielded him intense 
satisfaction did there not follow that fateful message 
from Him who pricks the bubble of selfishness and 
who, looking beneath the prince's robe and the poor 
man's fustian, sends the awful summons before the 
morrow of enjoyment arrives. 

"This night thy soul shall be required of thee." 
My friends, such a parable does not pass away. It 
lives on, with all that constitutes that undying mes- 
sage of Jesus Christ. It lives on, not only to be ap- 
plied to those who have the responsibility of wealth 
to discharge, but to those who think more of this 
world, with all its necessities and claims, than of that 
which is to come. It may embrace the farmer of 
10,000 acres, or the owner of one. It may include 
the day laborer as well as the merchant prince, the 
members of a social fraternity, as well as those plod- 
ding unassisted and unbefriended. And in that di- 
vine voice of Christ, which outlasts all that has ever 
been spoken or written, you will find those ever-liv- 
ing, ever-uplifting, ever-enlightening principles 
which lie at the very foundation of your societies, the 
principles of that fraternal spirit which is to dom- 
inate them and the manner and method by which 
to ornament them, giving a perpetuity and a digni- 

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ty to your Orders, because they are based not on 
poetry or science but upon that divine message which 
unfolds the worth and possibility of human life, 
viewed in connection with that which is from God 
and must go to God, that largest, highest kind of 
life, the life of the soul, not found in making the 
purpose of one's existence temporal enrichment, but 
in that never decreasing search for the things of God, 
setting our affection upon what is unchangeable and 
eternal, fitting our lives so that death may be the 
open door into the enlarged riches of the future. 
You will have wondered ere this I am sure, why I 
should have chosen such a subject, providing me with 
what I have to say to-night. You would naturally 
expect me to dilate, at length, upon the principles 
which govern your Orders: benevolence, truth, con- 
cord, unity, friendship and all the rest, that bind you 
together. You are quite right in supposing that the 
preacher's purpose would be to impress upon you the 
duties that your societies demand of one another, and 
the teaching of the purposes for which you have been 
organized. But I shall not dwell upon that. There 
is no danger more great than the danger of familiari- 
ty with any subject, no indifference more keen, or 
subtle, or far-reaching, than the indifference which 
comes from hearing about a thing too often; no plati- 
tudes more dangerous than the platitudes that are 
attached to what we grow used to hearing about; 
no truth which makes less impression than that 
which is levelled at the common and earthly side of 

I was told once, by one who was in very close and 
affectionate touch with the cadets over at West 
Point, that they grew so tired of preachers who were 
ever talking to them about being soldiers. "We want 
to hear about something else; we want to hear the 
ever-leavening the sweet and tender principles of 

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the Gospel of Christ, counteracting that sterner, 
severer, harder side to life which is fostered by our 
discipline and the instruction given to us to rule 
others as we are ruled." And so, my friends, that 
is the character of my message to you to-night, to 
turn your attention from familiar things to what 
perhaps you have not thought of. I want you, for 
the few moments which remain, to take that larger 
view of the different forms of brotherhood, you are 
representing here, in this sacred place, and see what 
bearing they have, not as regards your relationship 
with one another, but your relationship with life in 
general which surrounds you, remembering, amid all 
the benefits which accrue to your temporal needs, 
that you are in the possession of an immortal soul 
which renders each one of us accountable for its wel- 
fare. And, I confess these thoughts are impressed 
upon me all the more forcibly, when I recall the 
tender and pathetic incident which brought many, 
who, perhaps, are here tonight, to this holy place not 
long since, to perform a loving act of care and ser- 
vice to a young Forester* in a foreign land, without a 
friend, and without a home, or any association, that 
one may call dear. The sudden snapping in the 
chain of that young life, reminds us of that great, 
solemn, certain fact of its uncertainty, the forced su- 
render of earthly concerns and aspirations, termi- 
nating in the coming of that message flashed in a 
moment of time, from the other world, which calls 
men to their final destiny and their long home. How 
closely that young life on which was the bloom of 
promise, arrested in the very moment of light- 
headedness; stricken down in the very instant of 
pleasure; caught unawares and unprepared, in the 
very midst of frolic; how closely, I say, it brought to 

*Reference here is to the drowning accident of James J. Smith, a young 
moulder in the foundry, July 5, 1900. 

188 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

us then, how closely it brings to us now, as we think 
of it, the reminder that we need to go beyond all 
the agencies we can find to assist us in our worldly 
needs. For, my brother men, we are living in days 
when every man must face this question in his own 
heart : Is my chief concern myself, or is it God ? Have 
I made such an idol of my daily labor, of my pleasure, 
of my family, or any body, as to make God and my 
religion suffer because my business leaves me no 
time, my hard labor no chance of thinking about my 
soul, my home cares occupying my thoughts so much 
as to leave no room for religious duties? The spirit of 
covetousness which makes many a hopeless grave 
comes from not balancing our worldly interests with 
the controlling forces of the Gospel. The tendency 
of our times is to create that spirit. What is the 
main discussion of the hour — silver and gold, seen in 
the magazines and the daily papers and heard until 
one grows weary of it; worked into political invec- 
tives, on platform and street corner. Then, there 
are those keen competitions of the day, making men 
strain every muscle to be foremost, and all the tri- 
umphs of natural advancement, making this century 
the richest in human benefit, and contributing to 
that forgetfulness of the things of God, in searching 
for the things of self. Now you will readily see the 
danger which lies in the possible use that may be 
made out of forms of social fellowship, organized for 
the bestowal of benevolence, though they be dignified 
and colored by Christ's own spirit in the outpour- 
ing of love to a fellow man. 

The hardest thing, my brother, you well know, is 
to learn how to use good gifts without abusing them. 
That is the difference between the temperate and the 
intemperate man in all the things of life. Now what 
is the ideal of that fraternal spirit? What is the 
ideal that sends you into whatever society you join? 

Sermon to Fraternal Orders 189 

What thought is uppermost in your heart? Is it the 
thought of enriching yourselves and indirectly helping 
your fellow-man, or is it the religious ideal, the help- 
ing of a brother-man, because he is your brother in 
Christ? Are these higher or nobler principles than 
benevolence put uppermost? What greater danger 
lies before us, when so much is being done now 
through the medium of clubs and societies, organ- 
ized for every possible purpose — civic, religious, so- 
cial, beneficial — than the danger of a selfish exclu- 
siveness; the substitution of the friendly brother- 
hood for the spiritual society of Christ's Church, the 
giving of aid as part of a social system, rather than 
the free, unhampered duty of our Christian profes- 
sion. Let me show you what I mean by two inci- 
dents : 

In the streets of a New England city not long ago, 
a member of one of the fraternities represented here 
to-night, was thrown from his carriage upon the side- 
walk in front of a pretentious hotel. As the by- 
standers were carrying the injured man into the cor- 
ridor, the proprietor dashed out, and with the words, 
"I will not have my hotel turned into a slaughter- 
house," ordered the bearers of the mangled form back 
into the street. But upon a manifestation of a se- 
cret sign by the injured man his demeanor instantly 
changed. He detected in the stranger a fellow of his 
order. Carrying him in he cried, "Nothing in my 
house is too good for that man." Contrast with this, 
another incident: A congregation, made up of well- 
to-do people are coming out of church. Just as they 
emerge a runaway horse knocks down and tramples 
upon a child. She is only a child of the city, un- 
named and unlovely, who has been in the park and 
was trudging home with a few buttercups in her 
hand. It does not matter. A little maid has been 
hurt, and her calamity conquers the heart. Men 

190 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

are instantly shaken out of their composure and 
rush to her aid; women forget their finery and wipe 
away the blood. The whole company are delivered 
from their selfishness and are inspired with human 
interest. Every sin — pride, vanity, hardness, envy, 
is suspended; every virtue — love, sacrifice, gentleness 
— is called into exercise. Of course, these are only 
isolated instances and do no more than demonstrate 
the principles I want you to carry away. 

There is an enlarged responsibility to the world 
about you beyond the four walls of your club room, 
your lodge, or the home of your society. The very 
principles on which are Christ's endorsement, that 
bind you together, give to you an obligation, not 
only to the man that knows the grip of your hand, 
or the pass words of your orders, but to all men 
everywhere, because you are brothers in the Lord, 
stamped with the image of a common Father in 
Heaven. The main thing for you and for me to con- 
sider is, what we can do with our society, or our 
church by widening its principles and using them out 
in the world, to increase our riches in the things of 
God and not let our ambition settle upon the cold, 
hard basis of self-interest, nor the material gain of a 
personal advantage, making our aims religious as well 
as social; spiritual as well as moral, interpreting 
brotherly love, not in a contracted circumference, to 
a few who share some secrets with us, but to improve 
and elevate the character of our fellow-men every- 
where, extending a helping hand to everyone that 
holds the cup of sorrow, in self-sacrificing activities, 
irrespective of any obligation to a philanthropic or- 
der, laboring to displace the miasma of evil, driving 
it out by the fresh, invigorating, purifying atmos- 
phere of healthy, holy influences. Now, I suppose, 
I am right in saying that the majority of men of in- 
tegrity and Christian character in our neighborhood 

Sermon to Fraternal Orders 191 

are representing here tonight the inspiring principles 
of some social brotherhood. But what are you doing 
to inculcate and spread those principles, so that they 
shall operate upon the life existing about you? Do 
you reserve them for your companions or do you sow 
them broadcast in your lives? What may you and I 
do, as brothers in the Lord, to elevate and uplift the 
moral and spiritual tone of the place in which we live? 
What can we do for it without interfering with a 
man's freedom, which is the gift of God? What can 
we do with the leavening process of good influence? 
We can do something for it in this way : We can do 
it along the lines not of persecution but of counter- 
action and competition. The way to cope with evil 
is to displace it with good. The way to make men 
better is to point them to what is noble and then to 
lead them to the Grace of God to do it. 

We know there are many men, without the 
restraining influences of their order, whose powers of 
self control are limited and who wander in the way 
of temptation and could be drawn out of its snares 
by having their aims and ambition centred upon 
something higher than bodily appetite. There is 
certainly no more exalted ideal before the fraternal 
representative than to stretch out his hands to a life 
which is destroying itself and lead it in the way of 
moral improvement. In my judgment, far too much 
blame is laid upon that too often much-abused man, 
the saloon keeper, for the wreckage which is made in 
a man's life. The blame and the shame go back of 
that. They go back to each one of you who is con- 
tent to let men wander into the way of temptation, 
because nothing better is offered them. The saloon, 
however men may hurl their invectives against it, is 
filling a need, not only providing the poor man with 
his wine cellar, but by ministering to man's social and 
friendly requirements, offers a substitute for narrow, 

192 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

ill-ventilated and crowded quarters. Temperance 
meetings, if they be temperate and not prohibition — 
which is not temperance — are good, but they touch 
only the surface of the trouble. What is taken 
away must be made up by a better substitute. 
Obedience of the law may be enforced to the very 
letter of it, but that will not cure evil any more than 
medicine will cure the man whose home is in the ma- 
larial swamp. Environment has a stronger effect 
than anyone realizes upon one's actions. Reforma- 
tion principles must be not born in the study over 
books but out in the world from contact with the con- 
ditions of men and their need ; that need is social, and 
so long as the saloon door is the only one that swings 
on hospitable hinges and offers warmth and welcome, 
who can blame the man seeking friendly intercourse 
and perhaps with nothing else to do from going 
through it? It is very easy to eat and drink in tem- 
perately when we have nothing else to do. Now 
upon whom does the duty devolve of educating men 
to larger, nobler and higher things more than upon 
you, with all the noble principles that bear upon the 
love of man and that beautify your orders. We 
should let our neglect in these things in the past make 
the frank confession that we shall take up this work 
as part of our ideals and hold up the hands of those 
who are laboring in the path of practical moral re- 
form, not in any political way, nor by any discrimi- 
nation nor legal enactments, nor the curtailing of any 
man's freedom, but in a friendly, manly, Christ- 
like spirit of bettering the workingman's condition. 
So, I ask you, to fix this truth upon your memories 
as you go from these walls. The very societies to 
which you have given your allegiance, furnish you 
with your ideal. If you look beneath it, you will find 
it to be a religious ideal, stamped with a religious ob- 
ligation, that goes deeper than the moral or the social 

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one. The ideal it gives you is to bear witness for 
your Lord, in your every-day life, through the medi- 
um of Christian manhood, to put your love for your 
fellowmen in your work and in your daily business, 
to be kind, straightforward and courageous, to set 
your aspirations upon the things of God, not only in 
words but in action, to be honest, brave, noble and 
courteous, living worthy of your high calling, orna- 
menting your order by wearing the badge of a Godly, 
sober, righteous and obedient life. Such is the ideal 
every man needs, to turn his aspirations away from 
his temporal advantages and set them in the direc- 
tion of filling his life with the things of God, an ideal 
based on what is noble and up-lifting, using all our 
powers to reach it. Of course, the man of practical 
views is usually in conflict with the man of ideals. 
He looks at religion simply from the point of view 
of doing right, while the man of ideals looks at it as a 
life set before him to strive for, with only a portion of 
it on this side of the grave. So, too, in most other 
things, the practical man is at variance with the man 
of ideals. He sees things as they are, not as they 
might be. He prides himself on his knowledge of 
men, and so well does he discern their characters that 
he becomes cynical and distrustful. He stamps the 
man who is looking and surging forward, as a man 
of schemes and an unbalanced brain. He stamps 
the work of the Church as unpractical and visionary, 
and comes to disbelieve in the sincerity of those who 
compose it. But, my friends, you can readily see, 
that all the good things in the world which tend in 
the direction of man's improvement, would never 
have been shaped had they not first originated in the 
mighty, inspiring ideal of strong enthusiasm and un- 
conquerable faith, leading men to reach on and aspire 
to something higher and better, drawing them on and 
up with an irresistable power. Such is the glorious 

194 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

opportunity for your Christian manhood, Such is 
your chance, my brother, to strive for what is great 
and noble for yourself and others. Do not let your 
hard contact with the world, and the defects of man 
make you hard and indifferent. Do not settle down 
to the hopeless standard that things must be accepted 
and go on as they are. 

Do not be content to immerse your life in things 
that are merely mundane and temporal, giving it over 
solely to the thought of selfish ends. Let the practi- 
cal man stand by and sneer and criticize, if he likes, 
but quit you like men, stamped with a Christian obli- 
gation. Stand fast in the motive which lies behind 
every effort for truth and righteousness, your interest 
quickened by a faith in human nature, because of 
your faith in Him who has created it. And yet do 
not fail to remember that in order to keep your ideals 
true, lofty and ennobling, they must be centered up- 
on Him who filled the world with all that is worth 
striving for. It was Jesus Christ who brought to 
man the highest and the noblest purposes upon 
which to employ his life. He gave to us not moral- 
ity but religion which is the soul's exercise in the Di- 
vine Life. He taught and showed us how our religion 
could pass from ourselves into our daily contact and 
into our domestic life, into our business, into our 
studies, into our various callings, into our obliga- 
tions and opportunities as citizens, into our fraternal 
relationships. It is the power which religion sup- 
plies, that we must have, to give our ideals freshened 
incentives. We shall dwarf that power if we allow 
anything else in life to displace it. No social benefit 
society, no human organization, can meet the need 
of a man's soul. No substitution is more far-reach- 
ing in its peril, than the substitution of the ritual of 
the Lodge, or the services of the society, for the bene- 
fits flowing into the spiritual life of man, through 

Sermon to Fraternal Orders 195 

that divinest of all societies with the sanction of God 
upon it, His Holy Church. It is to it, my fellow 
Christians, that your fraternal principles should lead 
you, filling your hearts with a sense of your responsi- 
bility to Him, who is the brother of all men. You 
will find, you have found, no doubt, how hard it is to be 
steadfast to the principles of your Order, how hard it 
is to be kindly and friendly and bear out the broth- 
erly spirit you wish to bear. You have found that 
you need the repeated help of holy gifts to enable you 
more and more to be true and loyal to your promises. 
Consequently, the Mason, or the Odd Fellow, or the 
Red Man, or the Forester should be a good Christian, 
for it is there he gets his strength to keep his vows in 
relation to his brother-man. 

There is no grander thing in God's world than the 
religious man, for he lives in the presence of God. 
He derives a power which he can infuse into all his 
actions. It puts a dignity to his life, and whether 
it be no nobler a work than the handling of a work- 
man's tool, it fills his work with a sense of vocation, 
that he works not only for himself but for his God. 
So, then, in all your social contacts, in all your fra- 
ternal obligations, in all your worldly labors, lay hold 
of and keep before you, your religious ideal, keep the 
life of the soul before you, which offers you some- 
thing that goes on and on through the gate of death, 
and becomes grander and greater as it goes. See to 
it that your worldly and temporal zeal, that brings 
you to your various fields of duty, or to your social 
meetings on a week-night, is present in your concerns 
for that which transcends them both, the search for 
the power which God holds out to you in the divine 
gifts of his Church, to build up the spiritual life in 
your souls and to fit them for what is final and etern- 

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The Right Rev. Benjamin Onderdonk, D.D., Bishop 

of New York. 
The Right Rev. Horatio Potter, D.D., Bishop of 

New York. 
The Right Rev. Henry C. Potter, D.D., L.L.D., 

Bishop of New York. 
The Right Rev. David H. Greer, D.D., L.L.D., 

Bishop of New York, 
The Right Rev. Chas. H. Burch, D.D., L.L.D., 

Bishop Suffragan of New York, 
The Right Rev. Henry Y. Satterlee, D.D., L.L.D., 

Bishop of Washington, 
The Right Rev. Geo. Biller, Jr., D.D., Bishop of 

South Dakota, 
The Right Rev. Hiram Hulse, D.D., Bishop of Cuba, 
The Right Rev. Joseph S. Johnston, D.D., Bishop 

of West Texas, 
The Right Rev. James H. Van Buren, D.D., Bishop 

of Porto Rico, 
The Right Rev. S. D. Ferguson, D.D., Bishop of 

The Right Rev. Hugh L. Burleson, D.D., Bishop of 

South Dakota, 
The Right Rev. Lemuel S. Wells, D.D., Bishop of 

The Right Rev. W. A. Brown, D.D., Bishop of 

The Right Rev. Phillips Brooks, D.D., Bishop of 

The Right Rev. G. H. S. Walpole, D.D., Bishop of 

Edinburgh, 1 

'Father of Hugh Walpole, the celebrated novelist. 

Special Preachers 197 

The Right Rev. C. T. Olmstead, D.D., L.L.D., 

D.C.L., Bishop of Central New York, 
The Right Rev. Geo. F. Seymour, D.D., Bishop of 

The Right Rev. Frederick B. Howden, D.D., Bishop 

of New Mexico, 
Rev. Thomas R. Harris, D.D., Sec. Diocese of New 

Rev. Lawrence T. Cole, D.D., Rector of Trinity 

School, New York, 
Rev. Frederick B. Van Kleeck, D.D., Archdeacon 

of Westchester, 
Rev. James E. Freeman, D.D., Rector of St. Mark's 

Church, Minneapolis, 
Rev. Geo. H. Toop, D.D., Rector, Holy Apostles, 

Rev. Gustavus A. Carstensen, D.D., Rector, Holy- 
rood Church, New York, 
Rev. Chas. F. Canedy, D.D., Rector of Trinity 

Church, New Rochelle, 
Rev. J. 0. S. Huntington, Order of the Holy Cross, 
Rev. Herbert Shipman, B.D., Rector Church of the 

Heavenly Rest, New York, 
Rev. Frank Heartfield, Rector St. George's Church, 

Rev. W. R. Thomas, D.D., Rector Holy Innocents, 

Highland Falls, New York, 
Rev. Geo. G. Merrill, M.A., Rector St. Paul's 

Church, Stockbridge, Mass. 
Rev. H. H. Fox, Rector St. John's Church, Detroit, 

Rev. A. R. Gray, D.D. 
Rev. J. H. McGuinness, D.D., Rector St. Paul's 

Church, Chester, N. Y. 
Rev. Wm. F. Lewis, Rector St. Peter's Church, 

Peekskill, N. Y. 
Rev. J. M. Chew, Rector Church of the Good Shep- 
herd, Newburgh, N. Y. 

198 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Rev. W. H. Meldrum, Rector Christ Church, Pat- 
terson, N. Y. 
Rev. C. A. Hamilton, D.D., Rector St. John's 

Church, Lewisboro, N. Y. 
Rev. C. C. Promt, Rector Trinity Church, Garner- 

ville, N. Y. 
Rev. Geo. W. Eccles, Rector St. John's Church, 

Flushing, L. I. 
Rev. S. F. Holmes, Rector St. John's Church, 

Pleasantville, N. Y. 
Rev. Chas. A. Ashmead, Rector St. Mark's Church, 

Tarrytown, N. Y. 
Rev. E. C. Chorley, D.D., Rector St. Philip's 

Church, Garrison, N. Y. 
Rev. F. B. Whitcomb, Rector Christ Church, Water- 
town, Conn. 
Rev. A. G. Cummins, Litt.D., Rector Christ Church, 

Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 
Rev. W. A. Gilbert, D.D., Rector St. Paul's Church, 

Yonkers, N. Y. 
Rev. Geo. A. Green, Rector Christ Church, Newton, 

N. J. 
Rev. A. F. Underhill, Rector St. John's Church, 

Northampton, Mass. 
Rev. A. M. Griff en, Rector Christ Church, Canaan, 

Rev. Geo. E. Quaille, Principal Salisbury School, 

Salisbury, Conn. 
Rev. Gibson Harris, Rector Trinity Church, Ossin- 

ing, N. Y. 
Rev. Eliot White, Rector St. Paul's Church, Ossin- 

ing, N. Y.* 
Rev. C. D. Drumm, sometime Rector Trinity Church, 

Fishkill, N. Y. 
Rev. E. P. Newton, D.D., Rector St. James Church, 

Hyde Park, N. Y. 

*Now Vicar Grace Chapel, New York. 

Invested Funds, Treasurers, Clerks 199 


The endowment funds of the parish that have been 
received by legacies and gifts are invested in guaranteed 
mortgages on Brooklyn and New York properties of 
high grade, which yield five percent. These funds at 
the present time amount to $14,500.00, and it is to be 
hoped that now the church has an endowment fund to 
increase, members of the parish will remember it in the 
making of their wills so that some day there may be 
sufficient support for the church as a defence against 
serious and inevitable losses. 

The following have served the Parish in the capacity of 

Gouverneur Kemble II, 1873 to 1886. 
Wm. H. Haldane, 1891 to 1894, 
Colin Tolmie, 1894 to 1907, 
Gouverneur Kemble, III, 1907 to 1909, 
Henry J. Rusk, 1909 to 1918, 

John H. Coleman is the present Treasurer, having 
been elected in 1918. 


As there is no available record of the proceedings of 
the vestry prior to 1873 it is not possible to give a com- 
plete list of those who have filled the offices of Treasurer 
and Clerk since the beginning of the parish. From the 
sources of such information as can be obtained the list 
of Clerks of the Vestry and the Treasurers of the Parish 
with their years of service is here given: 

Frederick D. Lente, 1866, 
Albert Amerman, 1867, 
Gouverneur Kemble, II, 1873 to 1883, 
Ellis H. Timm, 1883 to 1907, 

200 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Hugh G. Purcell, 1907 to 1909, 
Gouverneur Kemble, III, 1909 to 1916, 
James D. Monroe is the present Clerk, having been 
elected June 24th, 1916. 



Helen Barrows 
Ella Amerman 
Sylvester Holdridge 
Mary E. Belknap 
William Creary Woods 
Edith B. Marlor 


Matthias McCaffrey 

James Lomax 

Irving Mosgrove 

James Pilson 

Thomas Pilson 

William A. Morse 

John Sedgwick Cunningham 

The following members of the Vestry were chosen to 
represent the Parish at the Diocesan Conventions: 

Robert P. Parrott, 1873 to 1877, 

Gouverneur Kemble II, almost consecutively from 

1873 to 1898, 
Robert B. Hitchcock from 1875 to 1878, 
Frederick P. James, 1875 to 1877, 
James N. Paulding, 1878 to 1880 and in 1884, 
Albert Amerman in 1897, 
Charles Miller, in 1880, 
Charles W. Whipple, in 1882, 
James H. Haldane, 1883, 1885 and 1886, 
Geo. W. Murdock, in 1883, 

The European War 201 

Wm. Van Wyck, 1884 and 1886, 

Wm. H. Haldane, 1886, 1888, 1889 to 1913 (Also a 

delegate to the Archdeaconry of Westchester in 

Daniel Butterfield, 1888, 1890, 1891 to 1901 (Also a 

delegate to the Archdeaconry of Westchester in 

John Campbell, 1899, 
Gouverneur Kemble III, 1901 and 1902, 
Henry Metcalfe, 1898 to 1910, 
C. Seton Lindsay, 1910 — 
C. G. Campbell, 1914-1917, 
Colin Tolmie, 1917— 

Aug. 16, 1919, Governeur Kemble, C. Seton Lind- 
say and Colin Tolmie were chosen as delegates to the 
special convention to be held Sept. 17, for the elec- 
tion of a successor to the late Bishop Greer. 

While this book was being constructed the European 
War was in progress. The parish was well represented 
in the American Army, its honor roll and service flag 
showing that twenty-five members of the Church were 
in the service of their country. The full list is here given : 

Colonel Archibald Campbell, IT. S. A. 

Colonel Percy W. Arnold, (commanding 103rd In- 
fantry, died in France Jan. 25th, 1919, as the result 
of an accident.) 

Colonel S. Benjamin Arnold 

Lieutenant Col. Douglas Campbell (Wounded in 

Captain Francis C. Dale 

Lieutenant Theodore R. Eiler 

Major Grant Campbell 

Lieutenant Duncan Campbell (Wounded in action) 

Lieutenant T. Scott Fillebrown 

Lieutenant William Young Fillebrown 

202 St Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Lieutenant Henry J. Rusk 

Corporal George Hill (Wounded in action) 

Corporal Wm. Sedgwick Cunningham (Wounded in 

Archibald Campbell, Jr. 
Richard Giles 

Raymond Lorentzen (Wounded in action) 
George Lusk 
Clifford Johnson* 
Thomas Van Tassel 
Samuel Van Tassel 
Frederick Van Tassel 
Sydney W. Kimmel 
James Kirke Paulding 
Gertrude A. Spalding 
Marian Murdock 

*Rewarded with the Croix de Guerre for bravery. 




Recorded by Rev. Ebenezer Williams. 


Sarah McCaffrey 

George Grady 

Robert McCaffrey 

Mary Sylvester 

Thomas Prince 

William Craig 

Susan Wilhelmina Taggart (Adult) 

Jane Foy 

John Foy 

Josiah Gilbert (Adult) 

Clark Meeks Vought 

Thomas Wood Vought 

Deborah Satara Vought 

Suleina Harvey 

Mary Ann Harvey 

Anne Jane Ruddy 

Mary Eliza Tuglur 

William Hamilton 

James Hamilton 

John James Wheeler 

Mary Gardner 

Francis Charles Waldron 

Henry Tuite 

Sarah Ann Tuite 

John Atkinson Borthwick 

Martha Hamilton 

Hannah Turner (Adult) 

Mary Anne Dale (Adult) 

George Smith 

Mary Ann Jones 
Susanah Jones 
Robert John Jones 
John Hamilton 
Henry Holdane (Adult) 

Alice Ruddy 
Ward Rogers 
Fannie Rogers 
Sarah Elizabeth Rogers 
Mary Ann Steen 
Cornelius Morgan (Adult) 
Margaret Morgan 
Mary Rider (Adult) 
Mary Jane Rider 

Ann Elizabeth Borthwick 

Matthias McCaffrey 

William Foy 

Mary Orinda Myers 

George Jones 

Josiah Gilbertson (Adult) 

Elizabeth Dale 

Emma Atkinson Borthwick 

Jesse Griffin (Adult) 
John Jamison White 
Frances Blaney 
Anne Jane Prince 

*The Author feels he cannot vouch for the accurate spelling of some of 
the names recorded in this Register, since in many instances, they are 
peculiarly and illegibly written. With only a few exceptions, he has 
copied them as found in the Record. 

204 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 


Eleanor Smith 

George Lyons 

George Hiram Gilbert 

John Hall 

Mary Susan Williamson 

William Jaycox (Adult) 

Joseph Egleson 

Ellen Jane Woodburn 

Richard Smith 

Julia Anne Rees 

William John Browning (Adult) 

Laura Anne Gilbert (Adult) 

Mary Anne Marshall 

Hannah Curry (Adult) 

Elizabeth Cruxen 

William Henry Van Cott 

Mary Brewer (Adult) 

Maria Brewer 

Abigail Brewer 

John Brewer 

Anne Jane Hamilton 

Joseph Mills 
John Robertson 
Catherine Emma Waldron 
Margaret Inglis 
Mary Anne Inglis 
James Garner 

David Van Cott 
Albert Van Cott 
Winifred Read 
Thomas Richard Read 
George Williamson 
Edah Matilda Reese (Adult) 
Thomas Hamilton 
William James Elliott 
Sarah Jane Hamilton 

Thomas Sterling 

Jane Egleston 

Joseph Nevill 

James Williams White 

Margaret Eleanor Van Cott 

Recorded by Rev. Robert Shaw 


Eliza Jane Williamson 

Alexander Lyons 

Eliza Prince 

Henry Parish Folsom 

William Smith 

Laura Ursula Gilbert 

Isabella Rhodie 

Alice Greenwood 

Anna Maria Robinson 

Robert Gardiner 

William Jones 
Sarah Jane Nelson (Adult) 
Jacob Nelson 
Alexander Nelson 
Mary Elizabeth Nelson 


Mary Hamilton 

John Hamilton 

Mary Caroline Sherman 

James Smith 

Esther Ann Woodburn 

Mary Frances Reese 
John Henry Lyons 
Ambrose Hamilton 
John William Hamilton 

Phyllis Ann Greenwood 
Josephine Nelson 
Josephine LeMaire 
Margaret Jane Amerman 
Rhoda Emeline Amerman 

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Eliza McCaffrey 

Andrew White 

Mary Cordelia Van Cott 

Mary Jane Graham 

Mary Anne Levering (Adult) 

Agnes Elizabeth Lodge 

Richard Smith 

Alexander Lyons 

Georgiana Jones 

Mary Gardiner 

Sarah Moore (Adult) 

John Albert Amerman (Adult) 

William John Hamilton 

Susan Campbell 

Margaret Ann McCaffrey 

William Augustus Mezigadus 

Frances Folsom 

James Higgins 

James Muirhead 

Alice Muirhead 

Susan Lyons 

Amelia Wells 

Sarah Jane White 

Jane Hamilton 

Cornelia Howes 

Charles Joseph Nourse 

William Hamilton 

Edward Moore Parrott 

Delia Nelson 

Seymour Birdsall (Adult) 

Agnes McGill 

Elizabeth Jane Hamilton 

Elizabeth Wells 

Mary Hamilton 

Thomas Higgins 

Robert Surrender Benjamin Owen 

Mary Louisa Davenport (Adult) 

Catherine Eliza Davenport (Adult) 

Abraham Wright Davenport (Child) 

Mary Robinson 

Robert Wright Southgate 

George Washington Folsom 

Mary Worthington Morris (Adult) 
Georgiana Pratt Morris 
George Sherman 
Agnes Havens Reese 
Margaret Ann Egelston 
Elizabeth Hamilton 
Sarah Jane Patterson 
Thomas Patterson 

John Shaffer Levering 
Samuel Patterson 
John Duncan Richie 
Jeanette Richie 

William Henry Haight (Adult) 
Hannah Smith 
Margaret Hamilton 
Emily Jones 

Margaret Ann Higgins 

Thomas Hall 

Elizabeth Hamilton 

Margaret Matthews 

Jane Creighton Robinson 

William Ganforth Brannagan 

William Hamilton 

Louis Frederick Mezigadus 

Joseph Gray 

George Miller Williamson 

George Edwin Ogden 
Rosetta Matthews 
Eliza Jane Kilbie 
Phoebe Warren (Adult) 
Eliza Warren (Adult) 
Caroline Amelia Davenport 

Isabel Amerman 

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Fannie Jane English 

John Edward Higgins 

James Alexander Leith 

William Cunningham 

Elizabeth Anne Blakely 

Catherine Matilda Hamroads 

Louis LeMaire 

Jane Elizabeth Faulkner 

Meta Kemble 

Sarah Virginia McCormick 


Mary Philipse Gouverneur 
Elizabeth Robinson 
Emily Hyde 
Henry Stephen Cloony 
Margaret Louisa Hamilton 
William Henry Taylor 
Sarah Catherine Taylor 
Charles Henry Levering 
Sarah Elizabeth Gilmore 
John Dobbin Gilmore 
Thomas Lovel Moore 
James Frederick Brannagan 
Esther Nelson (Adult) 
Davenport Nelson (Adult) 
Sylvanus Warren (Adult) 
Thomas Hooker Acheson 
Maria Lodge 
Joseph Robinson Craven 


John Gray 

Mary Elizabeth Gray 

Robert Gray 

Charles Augustus Mezigadus 

Charles Augustus Poujaud 

William John Matthews 

Frederick Lente 

Mary Martha Hyde 

William Rhodey McGuffick 

Thomas John Leith 

Sarah Gardiner 
Thomas Gardiner 
Margaret Ann Greenwood 
Lydia Hamilton 
Mary Dalton Agnew 
Charles Albert Amerman 
Juliet Hustis 
Mary Brunker Jamieson 
Charles Henry Jones 

Martha Adriana Gilbert 

Emma Victoria Gilbert 

Fannie Williamson 

Emma Jane Read 

Martha Mary Read 

William Francis Read 

Mary McAvar 

William Henry Nelson 

John Hustis Nelson 

Alexander Trowbridge Dykman 

Margaret Sears 

Kate Elizabeth Hooker 

Thomas Hamilton 

Joseph Higgins 

William Henry Dore 

James Cunningham 

Ellen Kemble Paulding 

Mary Jane Patton 
Joseph Robinson 
Richard Francis Read 
Edgar Washburn Warren 
Emily Warren 
Robert Parrott Warren* 
James Higgins 
Maria Hamilton 
Anna Maria Williamson 

*Robert Parrott Warren, enlisted Company F. Seventh Regiment, 1868; 
Lieutenant 165th N. Y. Volunteers; Captain 146th N. Y. Volunteers; Aid- 
de-Camp, Gen. G. K. Warren. 

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Margaret Ann McAvar 

Sophia Lawrence (Adult) 

Mary Elizabeth Lawrence 

Martha Lawrence 

Mary Jane Harrison 

Martha Jane Hamilton 

Margaret Jane Pilson 

Casper H. Southard 

James Grey 

William Henry Joseph 

Eugene O. Smythe 

California Eva Hustis 

Charles Switzer 

William Snack 

Mary Magdalena Regelman 

John McQuillan 

Horace Cluny 

Josephine Levin Southard (Adult) 

Aaron Ward Witter 

Samuel Cogswell Nelson 

Mary Amelia Trickier 

Anna Riggs 

Augustus Snack 

Martha McRoberts 

Margaret Anne LeMaire 

Caroline Levering 

Mary Legwick Lipsey (Adult) 

Isabel Susan Hyde 

Mary Susan Riggs 

Hannah Parker Parrott 

William Kemble Lente 

James Nelson 

Dora Jones 

James McCoy 

Thomas Urquhart 

James Blakely 

Samuel Trimble 

Arthur Gray 

Eunice Jaycox 

William Valentine (Adult) 

Celestine Caux 

Margaret Kemble Lente 
Rose Anna Taylor 
James Balson Taylor 
William Truman Urquhart 
Eliza Anne Gardiner 
Julia Wood (Adult) 
Sarah Augusta Wood 
Dallas Wood 
Peter Elmore Wood 
Jane Creighton Brunker 
Joseph Mulligan 
Frederick J. James 
Julian Lorillard James 
Alexander Taylor 
George Miller Taylor 
Frederick Russell Amerman 
Miriam Ann Dore 
Ann Higgins 
John Blakely 

Thomas Lipsey (Adult) 
Charles Ledwich 
Joseph Henry Caux 
Alexander James Caux 
Mary Selina Caux 
Josephine Caux 
Frances R. Caux 
Fannie Williamson 
William McDavid 
Isabela Rhodie 

Albert Benjamin Dykman 
Franklin Alfred Gould 
Harriette Josephine Cloony 
David Robinson 
James Henry Harrison 
Ralph Davis Read 

William Thompson 
Henry Elwood Smythe 
Jane Elizabeth Dore 
Rebecca Augusta Harrison 

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John Trimble 

Levi L. Livingston (Adult) 

Anna P. Lente 

Mary Ellen Higgins 

Lewis Livingston 

Richard Cloony 

Frederick Philipse 

Sarah Frances Jones 

William Nelson 

Ben amin Franklin Dore 

William Pilson 

William Robinson 
John Alexander Hamilton 
Esther Anne Blakely 
Agnes Riggs 

Hannah Pilson 

Elizabeth Martha Cronk (Adult) 

Sarah Louisa Hyde 

Sarah A. Briggs 

William Lipsey 

Louisa Rumpf* 

Emily Trobridge Dykman* 

Recorded by Rev. Charles W. Morrill, Deacon in charge. 
(Became Rector August 1, 1861.) 


Luke Higgins 
Ellen A merman 
William E. Dykman 
Henry T. Dykman 
Ellen Blakely 
Gertrude Bayard Lente 
Sarah A. Heinroad 
George Prince 
Albert Reig 
Thomas C. Taylor 
Mary Jane Taylor 
Helen Maria Case 
Sarah Ann Case 
Henry S. Case 
Charlotte Catherine Case 
Allen George Newman Case 
Mary Spellman 

Sara Lodge (Adult) 

Baptized in St. George's Church, 

Newburgh by Rev. Robert Shaw. 
Cornelius Warren Davenport (Adult) William Ambrose Rees 
Alexander Trembell John Arthur Rees 

Enoch Secator Griffith Frederick W. Haache 

Sarah Frances Gower William Franklin Hitchcock 

Mary Martha Dore Asenath Augusta Hitchcock 

John Spellman 
Beulah Purdy 
George Albert Purdy 
William Smith Purdy 
John McRoberts 
Margaret Ellen McRoberts 
Hester Jane McRoberts 
Mary Elizabeth Hanf 
Emma Jane Hanf 
Mary Malvina Depew 
John Peter Depew 
Hetty Maria Depew 
Fannie Wells 
John Edward Taylor 
Ida Cora Sylvester 
Mary Isadora Sylvester 
William Theodore Butterfass 

George Livingston 
Lily Lilburn Livingston 
Levi Lewis Livingston 

*Last two baptisms administered by Rev. J. H. Morgan. 

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Charles Haacke 

Emma Bertha Haacke 

Lina Henrietta Haacke 

Isabel Nelson 

George Nelson 

Emma Elizabeth LaForge 

Josephine LaForge 

Lugerne Clarkson LaForge 

Margaret Eva Haight 

John Pilson 

Sarah Ann Mikmak 

Adelaide Garrison 

Hannah Wilson Dore 

Eliza Husted Dykman 

Fannie Louisa Davis (Adult) 


Matilda Augusta Kuhrasch 
Emily Elizabeth Heaton 
Emma Travis 
Lillian Travis 
Adela Cronk (Adult) 
Charles Hugh Lomax 
Harrison Travis 
Charles Campbell 
Thomas Campbell 
William Irving Sylvester 
Mary Elizabeth Pilson 
John Franklin Mead 
Ransom Ambrose Barger 
Lily Viola Barger 
Charles Morrill Hanf 
William Henry Harrop 
James Franklin Smith 
Virgil Bowne 
Joseph Trembell 
James Kirke Paulding 
Albert Milton Kemble 


Thomas William Higgins 
Margaret Jane Blakely 
Charles Augustus Brewer 
Sarah Elizabeth Brewer 
George Washington Wise 

Isabel Hitchcock 
Frederick Hanf 
Louisa Barbara Schneck 
George Buckman 
John Anderson 
William Harvey Jaycox 
Catherine Lynn 
Elizabeth Trembell 
Louisa Thumbichler 
Irene Amerman 
Elizabeth H. Harper 
William James Hyde 
James Blakely 
Sarah Maria Cronk 
George Higgins 

Jane Elizabeth Jaycox 
Henrietta Jaycox 
Louisa Almeria Truesdell 
Caroline Augusta Livingston 

Ellen Kemble Lente 
Sarah McCoy 
Jane McCoy 
Josephine Horton 
Mary Delia Horton 
George Reig 
Alviretta Case 
Elizabeth Prince 
Wm. A. Thompson 
Charles Henry Chappie 
William Lemmon 
Leonard Lemmon 
Henry Lincoln Lemmon 
Annie Schneck 
Ida Witherington 
Harriette Elizabeth Nichols 

Caroline Sloan (Adult) 

Baptized by Rev. Jonathan 

Brown, D.D. 
Charles McDonnel 
James Jaspar Urquhart 

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Celia Wise 
Emma Jane Wise 
Christopher Alexander Kingsley 
Mary Ellen Foshay 
George Wesley Brewer 
Robert Booth 
Elizabeth Waring Dykman 
Richard Shepherd Shriver (Adult) 
William Lawson Shriver (Adult) 
Sarah Elizabeth Heaton 
Josephine Dore 
Hannah Lemmon 
Andrew Harper 
Susan Anne Martin 

Annie Marshall Urquhart 
Elizabeth Johanna Butterfass 
Henrietta Wilhelmina Thurmbich- 

William Alexander Shriver 
Jonathan Lodge Buckman 
George McCoy 
Sarah Jane Veach (Adult) 
Eleanor Haack 
Abraham Buckman 
Elizabeth Dutcher 
Charles James Strike 
Charles Morrill Evans 
Gertrude Morrill Kuhresch 

Recorded by Rev. Mytton Maury, Rector 


Sarah Ellen Dillon 
Clarissa Thornber 
George Edward Harney (Adult) 

Witnessed by Commodore R. B. 

Jane Cronk (Adult) 
Benjamin Henry Scofield 
Charles Darling Taylor 
Ffarrington Mocatta Thompson (first mayor of White Plains, 1916) 

William John Lomax 
Mary Lente 

George Edward Leonard 
Thomas Blakely 
Jane Moore Scott 
Frances Carty 
Mary Hamilton 
Baptized by Rev. Robert Shaw. 

George Frederick Worthington 

Antonia Maury 

Mary Matilda Heaton 

David Bell 

Mary Elizabeth Bell 

George Joseph Martin 

John Nicholson (Adult) 

Catherine Purdy 

William Irving Purdy 

Ida Jane Townsend 

Margaret Hanf 

David Beck 

William Beck 

Sarah Beck 

Mary E. Warren 

Harry R. Warren 

Charles N. Warren 

Wilber McCord 
George McCord 
Minetta McCord 
Theresa Dore 
Joel Wood 
John Wood 
Addie Wood 
Julia Wood 
Joseph Denny 
William Henry Higgins 
George A. Deming 
Lily B. Deming 
Josephine W. Deming 
Susan A. Deming 
Edward G. Nathan 
Mary E. Whitley 
Gouveneur Kemble Dykman 

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Martha E. Warren 

Margaret N. Warren 

Minnie Warren 

Frank A. Warren 

Mary Louisa Trimble 

Emma McCord 

Joseph Kingsley 

Isabella Forster 

Carl Theis 

William Post 

Charles William Cash 

L. Taylor Bowne (Adult) 

Edwin Dore 

Alfred Dpre 

Elizabeth Worthington 

Charlotte Kavanah 

Blanche Sheridan 

Rachel C. Shriver 

Alexander H. Hamilton 

Fannie C. Truesdell 

Clarence G. Ransome 

George H. Ransome 

Louisa Wood 

Frank Eugene Spellman (Adult) 

Frederick Muller 

Bertha Muller 

James H. Spellman (Adult) 
Baptized by the then resident 
minister of the M. E. Church 
in the absence of the Rector. 

Bridget T. Martin 

Minnie G. Brooks 

Sarah F. Free 

George H. Free 

I. C. Young Thompson 

Mary Amanda Monroe (Adult) 

Susan Van Winkle (Adult) 

Theresa I. Currie 

Caroline Margaret Williams 

Alice Emma Wild 

C. F. Muller 

Mary Ann Campbell 
Eliza Elizabeth Campbell 
Mary Isabella Campbell 
Hugh Alexander Campbell 
Fitzpatrick Dillon 
Elizabeth Evans 

Elizabeth McCord (Adult) 

Francis Van Winkle (Adult) 

Franklin Couch (Adult) 

Ellen K. Brooks 

Theron Scofield 

Minnie Scofield 

Anna Jaycox (Adult) 

William Thompson 

Mary Thompson 

Lottie C. Garrison 

Charles Wm. Groundwater Taylor 

Frances Jaycox 

Hester Jaycox 

Ida Marshall (Adult) 

John Henry Gower 

Grace C. Alger 

Milton Wise 

Courtland Palmer 
Mary Conklin (Adult) 
Julia Spellman (Adult) 
Henry T. Cole 
Willis Van Winkle 
Caroline Pilson 
Anna M. Martin 
Gertrude Harrison 
E. Levelle Barton 
Adelaide Hyde 
Charles Nicholson 
Catherine Sarah Thomas 
Francis T. Kemble 

Sarah Mytton Maury 

Baptized by Rev. C. Everest of 
Hamden, Connecticut. 

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Lena Myers (Adult) 

Ebenezer Curry (Adult) 

Theresa I. Curry (Adult) 

Howard Worthington 

Jane Foster 

Charles W. McGowan 

Elizabeth Blakely 

Gertrude Weed 

Martha Jane Condell 

Effie S. Shriver 

Richard W. Mead 

John Thomas Berry 

Emma Norris (Adult) 

Catherine Pfeifer 

William Francis Hamilton 

Ellen L. Timm 

Effie Nickerson 

Charlotte Garrison (Adult) 

Caroline A. Schultz 

Julia Rose Free 

Thomas F. Cunningham 

William H. Ladue (Adult) 

Recorded by Rev. Charles Carroll Parsons 


George Valentine Hanf 
Charles Frederick Denike 
Grace Sheldon Heaton 
Martha Marshall 
Elizabeth Cash (Adult) 
Ada Virginia Ellen Cash 
Reuben Cash 
Frederick Sherman 
Phoebe Sherman 

Walter E. Timm 

John Aspray 

Amelia Webster 

Margaret Kemble 

Karl Heinrich Gottlieb Bohnig 

Otto David Bohnig 

Laura Taylor Scott 

Julia Haight (Adult) 
Frederick W. S. Barton 
Olga Augusta Annetta Shaffer 
Bertie Green Hamilton 
Eliza Caroline Skene 

Mary Jane Dewhurst 

Richard William Haigh 

Sarah Ann O'Brien 

Mary Penelope O'Brien 

Frederick Elliott Gray 

James Greenwood Ladue 

James Williamson Schoudel 

Kate Bertha Heaton 

Alice Bayard Kemble 

Paul Edward Charles Schaeffer 

William Henry Higgins 

James Blakely 

Ida Purdy 

Ida Van Pelt 

Emma Saunders 

Henry Saunders 

May Louise Shriver 

Elwood Thurston Lynch 

Baptized by Rev. J. L. Parks 

Henry Lee Timm 

Arthur Scott 

Joseph Cash 

Susan Anne Scofield (Adult) 

Edward Louis Post 

Stephen Sara 

Robert Hitchcock Cash 

Samuel Frederick McRoberts 

James McRoberts 

Elizabeth McRoberts 

Jessie McRoberts 

Mary Jane Blakely 

Perry Hermance (Adult) 

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Jeannette Saunders 

John Andrew Van Voorhis (Adult) 

Sarah Ellen Taylor 

Annie Conklin (Adult) 

William John McGowan 

James Walter Crissey 

Lillias Amelia Wood 

Annette O'Brien 

Marie Catherine Taylor 

Edward Osmond Baxter 

Charles Miller (Adult) 

Leonora Matilda Miller (Adult) 

Elizabeth Robinson (Adult) 

Grace May Ball 

Thomas Francis Pilson 

Jane Elizabeth Miller 

Charles Asa Miller 

John Ashcroft 

Florence Cornell McArthur 

John Shapter McArthur 

Minnie Newmans 

Antoinette Wood 

Mary Jane Roden 

Helen Maria Roden 

Ellen Miles Marshall 

Nannie Helen Marshall 

Maria Blecker Miller 

Frederick Amerman Haight 

Gilbert Egan 

Emma Laura Hines 

Isabella Maude Barnett 

Grace Troup 

Lizzie Irene Beardsley (Adult) 

Lottie Jane Armstrong (Adult) 

Emma Louisa Mikmak (Adult) 

James Ashcroft 

Recorded by Rev. Isaac 


Percy Weir Arnold 

Baptized by Rev. William H. Ben- 
jamin, assisted by Isaac Van Winkle. 

Ethel Rene Winchester 

Joseph Perry (Adult) 
David Augustus Lyons 
Victorine Lyons 
Eva Lyons 
Lily Hyatt Lyons 
Matilda Purdy 

Frederick Travis 

Grace Adele Nutter 

Mary Elena Green 

Harry Thomas Hamilton 

Clara Nixon Scott 

Anne Aletta Westgaard 

Annie Magee 

John Brooks 

Sarah Brooks 

Annie Matilda Thurmbichler 

Mary Elizabeth Thomas 

Margaret Mann 

James Louis Cunningham 

Henrietta Purdy 

Mary Louisa Purdy 

Thomas Suter 

Sylvanus Ferris (Adult) 

Aseneth Dykman (Adult) 

Willet Parry Selleck 

Charles Myer Selleck 

Robert Monroe 

William Arthur Ladue 

Bayard Kemble 
Frederick A. Scott 
Samuel Dyne Trimble 
William Henry Ward 
Samuel Sands Morrison 
Margaret A. Roden 

Van Winkle, Rector 

George Ashcroft 
William Ashcroft 
Samuel Robert Condell 

Baptized by Rev. R. C. Hall. 

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Caroline Aspray 

Ann Jane Hyde 

Mary Ireland 

Adrian Neuman 

Elizabeth Isabel McQuillen 

Anderson Jaycox 

Elena Edna Westgaard 

Sarah Lawson Shriver 

Grace Mellen 

William Charles Spellman 

Annie Louise Barnett 

Louis Henry Maisenbacher 

Frederick Ward 

Samuel Lloyd Cunningham 

Joseph Edwin Dore 

Celia Dore 

Lulu Isabel Tait 

Anna Augusta Taylor 

Henry Travis 

Charles Howard Scott 

Dora Elizabeth Thompson 

James Harvey Briggs (Adult) 

Martha Helen Lawrence 

Ophelia Waters (Adult) 

Emma Waters 

Alice Maud Shultz 

William Isaac Bell 

James Henry Cooper 

Olive Euretta Misenbacher 

Arthur W. Gray 

Fannie Higgins 

Ella Isadora Scott 

Lizzie Birdsall Hambley 

Baptized by Rev. A. J. Warner, 
Rector of St. Andrews Church, 
Bradford, N. Y. 

Isaac Spencer Hambley 

Martha Jane Harper 
Matilda Ireland 

Harry Thomas Ledwick 
Frank Leonard Gardner 
Robert Frederick Spellman 
Jeanette Ryan 

William Shultz Barton 

Elise Bond Paulding 

Edward Kingsland Van Winkle 

Baptized by Rev. E. H. Van 

Winkle, Jr. 
Frederick Hermance 
Edith Delia Lawrence 
Phinetta Lawrence 

Jeanette Waters 
Susan Waters 
Harriet Waters 
Amy Anne Morgan 
Gertrude Cronk 
Henry Amerman Young 
Frank Hamilton Thomas 
Ann Smith Cunningham 
Charles Fitch Fuller 

Mary Edith McQuillan 
Annie Van Winkle 
Walter Jones Whipple 
Irene Virginia Green 
Ellen Burton Green 
Emily Ashcroft 
Frederick Ashcroft 

May Higgins 
Oscar Turner 
Thomas Gray Brooks 
Frederick James Camp 
James Harper 

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Anne Ashcroft 

Ruth Patterson 

Ida May Condell 

Margaret Ashcroft (Adult) 

Emily Septima Heaton 

Henry Mortimer Miller 

Frederick Stephen Miller 

Natalie Mary Paulding 

Lillian May Scott 

Paulding Kemble Lovelace 

Theodora Maria Lovelace 

Florence Gerow Lovelace 

Rita Vandenberg 

Edward Patterson 

Nancy Denny (Adult) 

Bertha Tait 

Henry Frost Waters 

George Washington Turner 

Lucy Helen Robinson 

John Kennedy 

Henrietta Wood 

Edwin Conklin Travis 

Frederick Lente Van Winkle 

Baptized by Rev. P. K. Cady, D.D. 
Rector of St. James Church, 
Hyde Park, N. Y. 

Arthur Henry Tait 

Edward Cuthbert Camp 

Olive Margaret Young 

William Birdsall 

Louis Granville Scott 

George Naylor 

May Ashcroft 

Jane Kennedy 

William Montgomery 

Grace Patterson 

Elijah Hults 

George Nelson Arkerman 
Baptized by Rev. A. Z. Gray, 
Rector of St. Philip's in the 

Mary Emma Waters 

Charles Dominic LeMaire 
Mary Louise Odell 

Baptized by Rev. H. H. Wash- 

William Arthur Thompson 
James Paulding Murdock 

(Now an officer in U. S. Navy.) 
William Blakely 
Laura May Lewis 
John Sedgwick Cunningham 
Mary Hull Barton 

Frederick Henry Grosse 
Wilhelmina Grosse 
Bertha May Masenbacher 

Sarah Ireland (Adult) 
Isaac Ireland 
Caroline Emma Ireland 
Cornelia Townsend Ireland 
Charles Norwood Ackerman 
John Edward McRoberts 
Clarkson Ireland 
Alice McQuillan 
Emily Patterson 

Charles Louis Odell 
Elizabeth Ryan 

Irene Mary Nutter 
Josephine Perks 
Mary Elizabeth Jamieson 
Alice Louisa Jamieson 
Harry Charles Gray 
Albert Ashcroft 

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William Oscar Hults 
Elizabeth Higgins 
Maude Susan Henyan 
Eugene Ethelbert Henyan 


Florence Louisa Miller 
Arthur Jesse Travis 
Ethel Gray Amerman 
William Leitch McQuillan 
James Henry Weyant 
George Alexander Thomas 
Ella Jane Waters 

Blanche Hunter (Adult) 
Maude Hunter (Adult) 
Jane Hende Condell 
Jeanette Edna Spellman 
Thomas Ashcroft 
Ella Jane Knapp (Adult) 
Lillian May Knapp 
Charlotte Ann Timm (Adult) 
Frederick Ireland 
Martha Jane Ireland (Adult) 
Anna May Ireland 
Ida Ireland 
Phoebe Jane Ireland 
Grace Ireland 

George Albree Freeman (Adult) 
James Hulley 


William Augustus Morse 
Mary Elizabeth Wyant 
Olive Adams 

Charlotte Ellen McRoberts 
Agnes Madeline Tolmie 
Edith Marguerite Pilson 


William Scofield Mosher 
George Ireland 
Wilhelmina Hall (Adult) 
Mary Grace Ledwich 
William Edgar Mosher (Adult) 

Archibald Moore 
Eleanor Mary McRoberts 
Catherine Van Winkle 

Isabella Charlock Beach Acker- 
Herbert Elmer Bowne 
Emma Elizabeth VanVoorhis 
Florence Isabel Scott 
Thomas Millard Foley 

Arthur Edwin VanVoorhis 
Charles Alpheus VanVoorhis 
James Dawson Monroe 
Grace Monroe 
Annie Maria Hults 
Cynthia Lawrence (Adult) 
Walter Patterson 
Charles Lawrence 
Alexander Lawrence 
Benjamin Franklin Ireland 
William Moore 
Jessie Sarah Ireland 
Margaret Lente 
Howard Benjamin Bowne 
Ada Healey VanVoorhis 

Phillip Sheridan Humphreys 
Eleanor Hollis Murdock 
Norman Lawrence Monroe 
Percy Hopper Ackerman 
Arthur Ireland 

Elizabeth Cuthbert Camp 
Albert Frederick Amerman 
Alexander Washington Eastwood 
Bessie Matilda Eastwood 
Ida May Cole (Adult) 

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Harry Ferris Wood 
Edward William Coleman 
Gertrude Bayard Van Winkle 
Lester Monroe 
Bessie Monroe 
Samuel Monroe 
Walter Addison Monroe 


Chauncey Hulley 
Edward Bagley 
Alvina Bagley 
Frances Bagley 
William Hamilton Bagley 
Adelaide Bagley (Adult) 
Martha Giles Tolmie 


Hugh Patterson 
Martha Jane Patterson 
Helen Esther McQuillan 
Chester Allen Arthur Haude 
Gertrude Letitia Coleman 

Leo Purdy 

Sarah Ellen Hulley 

Samuel Stokes Allen (Adult) 
Pupil in Rev. J. H. Converse's 
School. Baptized by Rev. J. H. 

John Campbell 

Elizabeth Dubois Tolmie 

Nora Paulding 

Louis Wood 

Marian Paulding Murdock 

William Joseph Bowne 

Eunice Travis (Adult) 

John Henry Coleman 
Harry Hercules Mist 
Ellis Timm Mist 
Annie G. Groves 

Recorded by Rev. E. C. Saunders. 

Gertrude Allardyce Spalding 

Isabel Cooper Amerman 

Emily May Hulley 

Charles Hall Sears 

Raymond Julian Lorentzen 

Caroline Lorentzen 

Royal Monroe 

Dorothy Haldane Giles 

Elizabeth Virginia McCormack 

Elvina Lewis 

Alfred Louis Lewis 

Senley Monroe 

Jessie May Campbell 

Edwin Cole Granville 

Sallie Lavinia Haight (Adult) 

Joseph Hulley 

Jeannette Cuthbert Spalding 

Martha Magdalene Eiler 

Rogers Paul 

George Daniels 

Isaac Robert Daniels 

Bertha Daniels 

Samuel Elliott McRoberts 

Frederick Anderson 

Thomas Paul 

William Young Fillebrown 

Mary Anderson 

Jessie Lorentzen 

Howard John Patterson 
Robert Patterson 
Ethel M. Collins 

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Jane Paul 

Frederick Henry Proudfoot 

John Robert Proudfoot 


Emily Gertrude Phillips 
Lillian Elizabeth Tapfer 
Alice Greenwood Ladue 
Edward Henry Sharpe 

Recorded by Rev. Elbert Floyd-Jones 

Bessie Palmer 
* Maude Pilson Coleman 
*Hattie May Grimont 

*Marguerite Grimont 

*Jane Isabel Grimont 

* Maude Ethel Grimont 

*Leon Leroy Grimont 

Earl Rowland Hall 

Edward Adams 

Mary Amelia Lath 

Frederick Lath 

Charles Lath 

Richard Ludlow Giles 

Henry V. Daniels 

Leslie Daniels 

Sarah Van Tassell 

Ida Van Tassell 

Thomas Van Tassell 

Caroline Beebe Reeve (Adult) 
(Formerly Unitarian) 

Elizabeth Hall 

Jane Reed Grimont (Adult) 

Marjorie Morse 

Harry Ephraim Monroe 

Peter Edwards Lewis 

Walter Lionel Scott 

Seely Knapp 

Frederick Robinson 

Frank Robinson 

Elizabeth Pearson Paulding Haldane Sarah Douglas Purrington (Adult) 

Alvin Eastwood Grimont George Franklin Purrington 

Harriet Theresa Coleman William Douglas Coleman (Adult) 

*The last thirteen persons were all baptized at the same time, the 17th 
Sunday after Trinity, October 6, 1895. 

*Eva May Lawrence 
*Charles Garrison Wallace 
*Alice Anderson 
*George Edward Phillips 
*Dorothy Bell Phillips 
* Charles Averill Phillips 
*Dorothy Elizabeth Coleman 

Emily Haight 

Chauncey Haight 

Abraham Harmon 

Rose Beulah Harmon 

Catherine Trimble 

Catherine Eleanor Curry 

Edward Curry 

Jennie Curry 

Catherine Lorentzen 

Eleanor Miller 

George David Thomas (Adult) 

Josephine Chauncey Pilson 

Alice Jeanette Bailey 
Minnie Augusta Pryor 

Harry Van Tassel 
Adam Manning Jones 
Emma Electa Pope (Adult) 
Augusta Ireland 
Benjamin Thomas Hall 
Martha Anne Ticehurst 

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Orestes Cleveland 

Rowland Paul Julius Von-Goeben 

Susanna Van Tassel 
1899: . 

Marian Elizabeth Scofield 

Eleanor Brown Smith 

Frank David Smith 

Edith Warren 

William Webster Warren 

Harold Warren 

Charles Louis Van Buskirk 

Johan Oscar Hansen 

Gertrude Blakely 

Ruth Bauckham Coleman 

Benjamin Warren 

Homer Warren 

Minnie Ireland 

Helen Ireland 

Thomas Ireland 

James Robert Smith 

Ann Elizabeth Smith 

Theodore Richard Eiler 

Eva May Owens 

Russell Robinson 

Nellie Adams 

Frederick Henry Miller 

Holland Disbrow Tompkins 

John Graham 

Albert Graham 

George Henri Lusk 

Willard Paul Lusk 

Hamilton Shriver Hall 

William Lorentzen 

Emily Van Tassel 

Mary Elizabeth Blakely 

James Blakely 

Eugene Ethelbert Higgins 

Frederick Higgins 

Alvan Eastwood 

Margaret Louisa Florence Wright 

Archibald Campbell 

James Garfield Roach (Adult) 
George Elsworth Scofield (Adult) 

Harriette Stevens 

Andrew Stevens 

Walter Stevens 

George Stevens 

Alice Louise Proudfoot 

Frederick Higgins 

William Sedgwick Cunningham 

Agnes Van Tassel 

Samuel Van Tassel 

Henrietta Van Tassel 

Frederick Van Tassel 

Fredricka Van Tassel 

Marjorie May Smith 

Francis Fairfield Jones 

John Gordon Campbell 

Lily Jane Haight 

Gertrude Haight 

Richard Warren 
Caroline Warren 
Ethel Germond 
Howard William Coleman 
Ruth Taylor Johnson 
Lucian Woodville Johnson 
Harold William Gieser 
Electa Covert (Adult) 
Newell Serine Covert 
Paul Bertrandt Hansen 
Florence Stevens 
Elizabeth Grimont 
James Albert Trimble 

Cornelia Ferris 
Lucy Violet Lawrence 
Bessie B. Lawrence 
Martha Sarah Linderman 

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Elisabeth Morris Campbell 
Leslie James Cunningham 
Edward Bogardus Wood 
Donald Matthews Lusk 
William Henry Lewis 
Margaret Evelyn Mason 
Caroline Frances Mason 
Cecelia Dorothy Brent 
Florence Alfonse McCoy 
Mildred Estelle Cunningham 
Gilda Helena Gieser 
Cornelia Haight 


Virginia DeMary 

Frederick Henry Bisch (Adult) 

Elenora H. Conklin 

Cecil Elberta Barlow 

Eleanor Elida Barlow 

Merl Melville Purdy 

Arabella Margaret Smith 

Ruth Barrett 

Gertrude Anderson 

Zaite Lillian Rundell 

Elaine Frances McLaughlin 

Yolanda Emily McLaughlin 

George Lloyd McLaughlin 

Mary Austin 

Violet Austin 


Herbert J. Giesler 
Ray Neuman 
Harry Neuman 
Margaret Neuman 
Chester Neuman 
James Denton Coleman 
Ina Bell (Adult) 
Hazel Germond 
Edward Titus Scott 
Helen Mary Scott 
Elmer Harold Annan 


Homer Seely Knapp 
Bertha Anna Knapp (Adult) 
Elbert Scott 

Catherine Louise Miller 
May Alice Lowry 
Emerson Ireland 
Vernon Ireland 
Insa Taylor 
James Edward Taylor 
Charles Herbert Conklin 
James Edward Bell 
Helen Agnes Bell 
Louisa May Bell 
Clayton D. Germond 
Hilda Champion 

Ophelia Austin 

James Austin 

Janet Austin 

Ellen Jones 

Roland Youngman 

Clemens Henry Bolstetter 

Estelle Daniels 

Campbell Weir (now a Cadet at 

U. S. M. A.) 
Eva Van Tassel 
Eda Van Tassel 
Samuel Robinson 
Allan Campbell 
Anna Virginia Giesler 

Ethel Mary Annan 

Charles William Bell 

Alan Weir 

James Francis Cunningham 

Norman Haight 

Paul Winslow Grimont 

Mary Elizabeth Ireland 

Dorothea Elizabeth Wolcott 

Electa Avery (Adult) 

Margaret Agnes Higgins 

Dorothy Evelyn Bisch 
Harry Edwin McElrath 
Richard McElrath 

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Mary Ruth Rundell 

Effie Caroline Hall 

Ivor Samuel Wallin 

John Robert Smith (Adult) 

Henry Jaycox Rusk (Adult) 

James Frederick Brown (Adult) 

Idenia Avery 

Sarah Ethel Avery 

Jennie Henrietta Avery 

Edward Stevens 

Lillian Amanda Knapp (Adult) 

Clarence Gilbert Knapp 

Mildred Francis Knapp 

William Arthur Thompson 

Leslie Floyd Smith 

Elbert Mikmak Miller 

Alice Elizabeth Henyan 

Charles Gregory Taylor 

Frank Everett Terbush 

Madaline Emma Aldrich 

William Garfield Matthews (Adult) 

Alice K. McElrath 

John McElrath 

William McElrath 

Albert Coryell Thomas 

Charles Sedgwick Cunningham 

Florence Lillian Davis 

Frederick Lincoln Davis 

Stella Ireland 

Marie Edna Haight (Adult) 

Richard Shriver Hall 

Royal Nelson Monroe 

Helen Blanche Garrabrant 

Chalmers Edward Van Tassel 

Timothy Reed Grimont 

Lucy Ellen Best (Adult) 

Ruth Estelle Masten 

Edna Masten 

Erma R. Masten 

Effie G. Masten 

Daisy Conly 
Harriett Conly 
Minnie Conly 
Frank Conly 
Annie Jane Conly 
William Henry Conly 
James Frances Robinson 
Martha Isabel Cunningham 
Nolia Beatrice Conly 
Mary Evelyn Smith 
Julia Hulsted 
James Bennett Southard, Jr. 

Alma Clarissa Matthews 
Jennie Beatrice Bell 
Mabel Theresa Bell 
Dorothy Villa Knapp 
Howard William Coleman (Adult) 
Edward Warren Palmateer 
James Phillip Palmateer 
Charles Elmer Palmateer 

Ethel May Best 

Madaline Best 

Gladys Gertrude Best 

Mabel Dorothy Best 

Dorothy Emily Rundell 

John Edward Taylor 

Clarence DeLacey Taylor 

Edith Bailey Cunningham (Adult) 

Violet May Ireland 

Anna Amelia Ireland 

Gordon Campbell 

Rufus Richard Matthews (Adult) 

Vera May Sharpe 

Marjorie Wheatley 

Kathleen Wheatley 

Jennie Barger 
Annie Kimmel (Adult) 
Ruth May Kimmel 
William Covert Kimmel 

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Lila Masten 

William Kimmel (Adult) 

Avery H. Kimmel (Adult) 

Sidney W. Kimmell (Adult) 

Samuel B. Wright 

Dorothy Helen Van Tassel 

Ralph Villette Coleman 

William Everett Lawrence (Adult) 

Elizabeth Alice Cunningham 

Henry George Gebhard Finck 

Harriette Louise Sorenson 

Elizabeth Catherine Schmitt 

Dorothy Bertha Mumford 

Edith Jane Cunningham 

Mildred Newton Bell 

Olive Somas Hall 

Edward Charles Cunningham 

Marian Isabel Brown 

lva Ruth Garrabrant 

Hazel Helen Best 

Dorothy Isabel Bamford 

Marian Ward Thomas 

Charles Gilbert Purdy 

Sarah Elizabeth Purdy 

Frederick Everett Evans (Adult) 

Frederick Hill (Adult) 

Cecil Estelle Monroe 

Walter Elliott Monroe 

Sarah Evelyn Hults 

Edna May Aldrich 

William Emerson Foster (Adult) 

John Elmer Garrabrant 

Homer Addison Hawks 

Harold Washington Connelly 

Mary Price Campbell 

James Preston Monroe 

Arthur Cunningham 

Eleanor Forbes Casey (Adult) 

Mary Daniels 

William Hamilton Bailey 
Martha Amelia Monroe 
John Sylvia Thompson 
Henda Condell Smith 
Thomas Edward Smith 
Jean Elizabeth Smith 
Franklin George Brewer 
Anna Mary Brooks 

Ella Rose Huestis 
Harry Leroy Warren 
Hugh Warren 
Maude Olive Warren 
Edna Warren 
Sarah Warren 
Lillian Warren 
Raymond Fortune 
George Richard Harris 
Joseph Pickney Harris 
Samuel MacRoberts Monroe 

Edward Gorman Matthews 
Mabel Ireland Matthews 
William Ashcroft Rundell 
Alice Cecilia Ireland 
Frances Hallock Greenlaw 
Earl Egens 

Gladys Ethel Johnson 
Alice Eleanor Smith 
Jennie Ethel Perry 
Alice Kathleen McElrath 

Thomas Francis Cunningham 
Barton Traver Hulse 
Alice Perry 
Ella Poujaud Dyos (Adult) 

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Viola Elizabeth Pilson 

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Maude Daniels 

William Barrett Brown 

Marguerite Isabel Alice Todd 

Minnie Gertrude Anna Todd 

Chesterlin Warren 

Irene Elizabeth Hulse 

Andrew John Cunningham 

Everett Conklin 

George Averill Phillips 

Dorothy Ann Cunningham 

George Franklin Jackson 

John Albert Monroe 

Dorothy Rosalie Cunningham 

James William Henyan 

Carol Louise Robinson 

Frederick Henry Brewer 

Emma Conklin 

James Conklin 

Benjamin J. Rundell 

Lawrence Louis Gent 

Albertus L. Higgins 

Mildred B. Higgins 

Harriette A. Griffith 

Ella May Fahlman 

Samuel Lloyd Cunningham 

Donald Cunningham 

Dorothy Vera Hall 

Catherine Lucille Monroe 

Alice Margaret Robinson 

Richard Weston Grindrod 

Beatrice Jackson 

Mabel Jackson 

Marian Belle Fleming (Adult) 

Catherine Beckwith Fleming (Adult) 

William Waddell Fleming (Adult) 

Roberta Moffitt Fleming 

Raymond Cornelius Ireland 
Herbert Winton Ralston 
Rose Mary Poppleton 
Doris Poppleton 

Wilfred Frederick Finck 
Mary Lewin Lindsay (Adult) 
Thomas John Burkheiser 

Walter Garrison Jackson 
Andrew Jackson 
Osmond Tolmie Baxter 

Melville Allen 

Rena Martha Jackson 

Florence Elizabeth Jackson 

Gladys May Jackson 

Mary Emma Jackson (Adult) 

Helen Dorothy DeMark 

Elsie Marian Robinson 

Mary Hannah Adams 
Edward Livingston Adams 
Kenneth Warren Cuslee 
Anne Rebecca Cunningham 
Helen Elizabeth Cuslee 
Walter Ray Higgins 

Eleanor Elizabeth Burkheiser 
Mildred Perry 
Sarah J. McCaskie 

Melvin Allen Conklin 
Sadie Conklin 

Harriette Harris Fleming 
George Seymour Beckwith Flem- 
Homer Perry 

Frances Alexander Cunningham 
Lillian Williams Johnson 

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Willard Philip Lusk 
Mildred Edith Hall 


Esther Allen 
Elizabeth Allen 
Mary Veronica Monroe 
Ella Fahlman 
Rosanna Fahlman 
Russell Smith Coleman 

William Francis Hall 

Raymond Willis Thayer 
Elizabeth Veronica Thayer 
William Henry Whitehill 
Philip James Rusk 
W 7 illiam Harvey Mackey 


Confirmed under Rev. Ebenezer Williams 

Henry Holdane 

Mrs. Holdane 

Eleanor Kemble 

Mr. Sherman 

Alexander Hamilton 

James Blakely 

Mr. Lyons 

Mrs. John Jones 

Mrs. T. Hamilton 

James White 

William White 

Mrs. Woodburn 

Jane White 

Margaret Uhl 

Alexander Robertson 
Mrs. Rees 
Jane Eggleston 
Mrs. Smith 

Mrs. Joseph Robertson 
Mary Robertson 
William Eggleston 
Mrs. Gardiner 
Mrs. James White 
Mrs. James Williamson 
Eliza Smith 

1847, Sept. 19, by the Rt. Rev. W. H. Delancey, D.D., Bishop of Western 
New York. Presented by Rev. Robert Shaw. 

Robert P. Parrott Rebecca McCaffrey 

Alexander Hamilton Mary W. Morris 

Ambrose Blakely Mary Ann Levering 

Albert C. Moore Ida Van Cott 

Governeur Paulding Ann Patterson 

John Blakely Ann Blakely 
Martha Simonson 

1849, June 18, by the Rt. Rev. William R. Whittingham, D. D., Bishop of 

Lucy Fuller John Harrison 

Sarah Lipsey Mary Jones 

Anne McCahan Elizabeth Muirhead 

Maria Hamilton Sarah Isabel Shaw 
Sarah Moore 

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1851, Sept. 15, by the Rt. Rev. W. H. Delancey, D. D., Bishop of Western 
New York. 

Margaret LeMaire William Kilbe 

James N. Paulding Sarah Turner 

Gouverneur Kemble II Frances English 

John Brannigan Rebecca Harrison 

Susan Elizabeth Brannigan Matthias Harrison 
Phoebe Warren 

1852, Sept. 8, by Rt. Rev. C. Chase, D.D., Bishop of New Hampshire: 

Selina Carmichael Jeanette Richie 

Eliza Warren Rachel Greenwood 

Mary Jane McCaffrey Jane Sheldon 

1853, May 16, by Rt. Rev. J. M. Wainwright, D.D., Provisional Bishop of 
New York: 

Davenport Nelson Ida Morris 

Esther Nelson Sylvanus Warren 

Frederick D. Lente Susan Lodge 

Elizabeth P. Paulding Anna Lodge 

Albert Amerman Georgiana Clooney 
Hester Amerman 

1855, Nov. 8, by Rt. Rev. Horatio Potter, D.D., Provisional Bishop of 
Diocese of New York: 

William Morris John Jones 

John Lipsey Charles LeMaire 

Loro Gilbert Frederick Brannigan 

Mary Jane Harrison James Gardiner 

Nancy Blakely James Hamilton 

Georgiana Morris Susan Williamson 

Caroline LeMaire Sarah McCaffrey 

Edgar Warren Thomas Harrison 

1858, July 13, by Rt. Rev. Horatio Potter, D.D., Provisional Bishop of 
Diocese of New York: 

Richard Reed George Lyons 

Sarah Valentine John Gray 

Margaret Brunker Matthias McCaffrey 

Sarah J. Nelson Martha Hamilton 

Eunice Jaycox Anne Jane Hamilton 

Mary J. Cox Ann J. Prince 

Jacob Nelson Charlotte Clooney 

Thomas Reed Sarah J. McCormick 

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1861, April 30th, by Rt. Rev. Horatio Potter, D.D. Presented by Rev. 
Charles William Morrill: 

[This was Bishop Potter's first official act after becoming, by the death 
of Bishop Onderdonk, Bishop of the Diocese.] 

*Jackson O. Dykman 
William H. Wells 
John Hamilton 
Thomas Hamilton 
Ambrose Hamilton 
Thomas Higgins 
Robert Gardiner 
Emily L. Dykman 
Patience Clark 
Mary F. Reese 
Mary Hamilton 

1862, April 30th, by Rt. Rev. 
John Sheldon 

Andrew Harper 
Alexander Hamilton, Jr. 
Benjamin A. Clooney 
Charles A. Purdy 
Aristamenius Rufus Nelson 
Enoch Secator Griffith 
Charles Tritschler 
Josephine Nelson 
Beulah Purdy 
Sarah Lodge 
Sarah A. Lloyd 
Jane Hanf 
Martha J. Gray 
Elizabeth Heaton 
Sarah Frances Gower 
Mary Hyde 

1863, April 30th: 
James Higgins 

Caroline Augusta Livingston 
Emma Williamson 

Mary Robinson 
Anna N. Robinson 
Margaret J. Amerman 
Mary E. Gray 
Sarah J. Hamilton 
Mary E. Nelson 
Mary A. McCormick 
Emily LeMaire 
Elizabeth F. Clooney 
Rhoda E. Amerman 
Mary Gardiner 

Horatio Potter, D.D. 
Ann Hyde 
Isabel Smith 
Mary Sheldon 
Susan Davenport 
Elizabeth Booth 
Margaret A. McCaffrey 
Isabel Amerman 
Josephine LeMaire 
Sophia Reig 
Mary Tritschler 
Agnes E. Lodge 
Fannie Louisa Davis 
Delia McLuen 
Eliza J. Williamson 
William Henry Nelson 
Caroline Butterfass 

Sarah McLuen 
Letitia Pilson 
Jane Harper 

* Jackson O. Dykman was born in the Town of Patterson, Putnam 
County, studied law in the office of William Nelson at Peekskill. After 
his admission to the bar he settled in Cold Spring until 1866, when he re- 
moved to White Plains. In 1875 he became Justice of the Supreme Court 
of the State of New York. 

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1863, April 30th: 
Susan Lyons 
Sarah Shriver 
Sarah K. Taylor 
Adella Cronk 

1863, Sept. 15th: 
George P. Morris 

(Confirmed in private) 

1864, Sept. 18th: 
Benjamin Nichols 
Julian James 
John T. Lawrence 
Mary Pearson Paulding 
Elizabeth Carty 
Amelia Eliza Brown 

1865, May 3rd: Presented by Rev. 
George Edward Harney 

E. F. G. Emmett 
Isabella Sloane 
Emma Hyde 

1866, April 19th: 
Caroline Davenport 
William Taylor 

1867, May 11th: 
Ann Greene 
Ellen Greene 
Mrs. Catan 
Mr. Foster 
Adelaide Garrison 
John Higgins 
Mary McCoy 
Thomas Scott 
Frank Skedgel 
Mary Skedgel 
Virginia McCormick 
Richard Lomax 

Edna Buckman 
Harriette Louisa Decker 
Emma Travis 
Alice Greenwood 

Jane Hamilton 
Mary S. Coe 
Emily Warren 
Sarah Jane Veach 
Lucy Hart 

Mytton Maury. 
Emma Jones 
John Worthington 
Abram Buckman 
Jane Cronk 

Alexander J. Caux 

Frank E. Spellman 
Mary Spellman 
Julia A. Wood 
Peter Wood 
Dallas Wood 
Franklin Couch* 
Mr. Van Winkle 
Mrs. Van Winkle 
Mrs. McCord 
Sarah White 
William Shriver 
William Rodie 

*Franklin Couch was born at Vail's Gate, Orange Co., N.Y., December 
11th, 1852. His childhood and boyhood days were spent in Cold Spring. 
In 1871 he removed to Peekskill, where he engaged in the practise of law, 
and became Corporation Counsel of the Village. 

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1867, May 11th: 

William Hamilton 
Annie Truesdell 
Mary Depew 
Charles Haacke 
Irene Musgrove 
Mrs. Thompson 

1868, April 30th: 

Mrs. Alger 

C. Smith 

Susan Van Winkle 

M. Conklin 

A. Monroe 

I. Spellman 

Mr. Nicholson 

Mrs. Nicholson 

Mrs. Stephenson 

Sarah Smith 

William William McQuillan 

Thomas Gardiner 

Robert Gray 

Herman N. Emmett 

Henry Mclver 

F. Chamberlin 

I. Free 

Mrs. Free 

1869, May 10th: 

Henry Rogers 
Mrs. Elwell 
Lydia Hamilton 
Thomas Greene 
Edward Pickens 
Elizabeth Hamilton 
John McQuillan 
James Higgins 
Mr. Sofield 

1870, July 3rd: 

Sarah Barton 
John Barton 
E. Barton 
Mr. Coleman 
Theresa Gray 

Brown Sears 
Shepherd Shriver 
Mrs. Nutter 
Lena Thumbichler 
Maria Lodge 

Julia Lawrence 
Ellen J. Hamilton 
Margaret Hamilton 
Charles Jones 
Margaret Kemble Lente 
Louis N. LeMaire 
Ellen Kemble Paulding 
John Pilson, Jr. 
William Purdy 
Julia Pinkam 
H. Scofield 
Rose Taylor 
Charles Amerman 
F. Hitchcock 
Ellen Mclver 
Ella Thomas 
Henry Clooney 

Mrs. Sofield 
Mary J. Harrison 
Mary C. Eliott 
John McGowen 
Sarah J. Currie 
Ebenezer Currie 
Margaret Pilson 
John Pilson 
Ellis Y. Beggs 

Charlotte A. Timm 
Joseph Higgins 
Mary E. Higgins 
Emma Norris 
Martha McRoberts 

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Catherine Pfeifer 
James Taylor 

Angelica Burhaus 
Julia Haight 
M. H. Cornell 
Jane Norris 

1870, July 3rd: 
Anne Hamilton 
Isabella Nelson 
Elizabeth Young 

1871, June 30th: 
Charlotte Garrison 
Caroline Shultz 
Joseph Robinson 
Francis Condell 
Josephine Caux 

1872, Aug. 25th, by Rt. Rev. Horatio Potter, D.D., Bishop of New York. 
Presented by Rev. Charles Carroll Parsons. 

Beatrice Paulding Magdalene Josephine Windberg 

Mary Elizabeth Briggs Mary Ellen Higgins 

Robert Wesley Lomax Ella Frances Amerman 

William Henry Ladue Martha J. Caux 

Alfred Hamilton Torbet Frances Battelle 

Charles Henry Currey Charles Hugh Lomax 

Thomas Jefferson Currey David Robinson 

Mary Ellen Currey Annie Conklin 

1873, April 22nd: 
Ellis H. Timm 
Charles Miller 
Eleanor M. Miller 
Fannie H. Holdane 
Edward Higgins 
Mary J. Taylor 
Thomas Cuthbert Taylor 
Frederick R. Amerman 

1874, April 17th: 
Mary Elizabeth Selleck 
Sarah Gardiner 
Dora Belle Jones 
Ida Caroline Greene 
Edna Margaret Greene 
Irene Amerman 
Grace May Ball 
Catherine Ball 

1875, April 9th, by Rt. Rev. 
Isaac Van Winkle. 

Ida Purdy 
Mary McFarlane 

George H. Lomax 
Luke Higgins 
Ida Marshall 
Jane Marshall 
Margaret Eva Haight 
Ellen Kemble Lente 
Maria Tillou Kemble 
Sarah Hyde 

Eleanor Frances Nutter 
Margaret Ellen McRoberts 
Alice Baxter 
Hester C. Donohue 
Carrie A. Wettling 
Elizabeth Irene Beardsley 
Charlotte Jane Armstrong 
Emma Louisa Mikmak 

Horatio Potter, D.D. Presented by Rev. 

Martha Mclver 

John Henry Weir Young 

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1877, April 13th, by Rt. Rev. Horatio Potter, D.D. 
William Robinson Catherine Schenck 

Confirmed in Trinity Chapel, N. Y. Lucy Conklin 
John Ward Louise M. Thumbichler 

Horace Waters Sarah Strike 

Annie Pilson Annie Marshall Urquhart 

1878, May 24th, by Rt. Rev. Horatio Potter, D.D. 
Joseph Jesse Barton (Confirmed Dora Birdsall 

in private owing to illness) by Sarah Elizabeth Heaton 

Bishop Potter. James Kirke Paulding 

Gertrude Kemble 

1879, April 25th, by Rt. Rev. Horatio Potter, D.D. 
Katharine Ogden Paulding Thomas Higgins 
Maud Sigourney Paulding John Edward Taylor 
Mary Elizabeth Sheldon George B. Higgins 
Matilda Heaton Margaret Ashcroft 
Ellen Blakely 

1880, Nov. 7th, by Rt. Rev. Horatio Potter, D.D.: 
Charles William Taylor Isabella Pilson 

Andrew Harper, Jr.* Henrietta W. Thumbichler 

Margaret Mary Hamilton 

1882, Aug. 6th, by Rt. Rev. George Seymour, D.D., Bishop of Springfield, 
Emma Augusta Harrison Mary Elizabeth Pilson 

Ellen Louisa Timm Henry Warwick Jamison 

Mary Louise Trimble Walter James 

1884, April 24th, by Rt. Rev. Henry C. Potter, D.D., Assistant Bishop of 
New York: 
Annie Matilda Thurmbichler Sarah Catherine Thomas 

Martha Jane Cunningham Mary Martha Dore 

Mary Ashcroft Annie McGee 

*Andrew Harper, Jr., subsequently entered the ministry, being educated 
at St. Stephen's College and Seabury Divinity School. He was ordained 
to the Diaconate by the Rev. E. R. Welles, D.D., Bishop of Milwaukee, 
and to the Priesthood by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Gilbert, Bishop of Minnesota. 
Among the rectorships he has served are Wilkesbarre, Schenectady, Spring- 
field, Mo., Brattleboro, Vt., at one time the home of Rudyard Kipling, 
Dover, N. H., Madison, Ind. He is at present located at Red Hook, N. Y. 
Mr. Harper is the only candidate that ever entered the holy ministry from 
this Parish. 

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1885, Oct. 4th, by Rt. Rev. Henry C. Potter, D.D., Assistant Bishop of 
New York: 

Charles A. Miller Sarah Ellen Taylor 

Charles O. Thomas Caroline Pilson 

Sarah Emma Thomas Laura Taylor Scott 

1886, April 10th, by Rt. Rev. Henry C. Potter, D.D., Assistant Bishop of 
New York: 

Matilda Ireland Ellen Ashcroft 

Mary Jane Blakely Elizabeth Blakely 

Blanche Hunter James Greenwood Ladue 

Maude Hunter Harry Leigh Timm 

Jeanette Edna Spellman Thomas Cunningham 
Charlotte Ann Timm 

1887, June 7th, by Rt. Rev. William J. Boone, D.D., Bishop of Shanghai: 
Walter Dore Marie C. Taylor 

Phinetta Lawrence E. Washburn Schofield 
William A. Morse 

1889, May 30th, by Rt. Rev. Henry C. Potter, D.D., Bishop of New York: 

Samuel S. Allen Charles Pearson Paulding 

Augustus G. Ruggles Theodora Maria Lovelace 

John J. Thompson Florence G. Lovelace 

J. Nevett Steele Lillias Amelia Woods 

Pupils in Rev. J. H. Converse's Elizabeth Isabella McQuillan 

1889, June 2nd: 

Minnie A. Boyd (Confirmed at St. Mary's, Manhattanville, N. Y. 

1891, April 17th, by Rt. Rev. Henry C. Potter, D.D., Bishop of New York: 

James Louis Cunningham William Henry Bell 

Samuel Lloyd Cunningham Hende Jane Condell 

William Ashcroft Ida May Condell 

Frank H. Thomas Caroline Taylor 

William Henry Ireland Emily Ashcroft 

Henri M. Miller Ann Smith Cunningham 

George William Hamilton Mary Edith McQuillan 

Arthur E. Van Voorhis Anne Ashcroft 

James Ashcroft Anna Augusta Taylor 

William Higgins Eunice Travis 

1893, May 26th,* by Rt. Rev. H. C. Potter, D.D., Bishop of New York. 
Presented by Rev. E. C. Saunders: 

Sarah Patterson James S. Boyd 

Louise Harrison Chauncey McElroy 

Annie Simpson Sinclair Donald Campbell 

*Five of this class had been formerly Presbyterians. 

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1895, Mar. 10th, by Rt. Rev. Henry C. Potter, D.D., Bishop of New York: 

Ethel Melcher Collins Robert Collins 

Lillian Elizabeth Tapfer Charles Van Vooris 

Annie Ireland Alexander Eastwood 

Emily Phillips John Sedgwick Cunningham 

Sallie Lavinia Haight Arthur Clement Saunders 

Grace Monroe Frederick Hulley 

1897, Jan. 24th, by Rt. Rev. H. C. Potter, D.D., Bishop of New York, 
sented by Rev. E. Floyd- Jones: 


Jane Reed Grimont 
Louisa Alice Proudfoot 
Ida Isabel Seymour 
Bertha Tait 
Caroline Beebe Reeve 
Wilmina Sears 
Julia Lath 
Evelyn Arklay King 
Howard Kitchen Cable 
George David Thomas 

Colin Tolmie 

Edward Patterson 

James Dorson Monroe 

Robert James Matthews 

Shepherd Richard Shriver, Jr. 

Frederick Lath 

Nathaniel S. Hyatt, (who came 
from Trinity Church, Sing Sing, 
N. Y., and was presented by the 
Rector, Rev. G. F. Ferguson). 

1898, Dec. 4th, by Rt. Rev. H. C. Potter, D.D., Bishop of New York. 
Lillian Scott Edith Pugh 

Emily Patterson 
Emma Cunningham 
George Schofield 
Mary Lath 
Mary Holden 
Owen Pugh 

Seeley Knapp 
Estella Daniels 
William Thompson 
James Roach 
William Coleman 

1902, Jan. 12th, by Rt. Rev. H. C. Potter, D.D., Bishop of New York. 

Edith Pilson 
Samuel Monroe 
Grace Patterson 
Walter Patterson 
Electa Covert 
Florence L. Miller 
Viola Ellison 
Elizabeth Eastwood 
Madeline Tolmie 
Martha Tolmie 
Helena McLean 
Charles Phillips 
Arthur Henry Tait 

John Hill 
Elizabeth Camp 
Ida Van Tassell 
Sadie Van Tassel 
Emily Noble 
Elizabeth Germond 
Ethel Amerman 
Charles O. Lath 
George Thomas 
Catherine Schumann 
Frederick H. Bisch 
Emma Ireland 
Virginia DeMary 

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1905, Nov. 26th, by Rt. Rev. D. 
Catherine Trimble 
Bertha Daniels 
Rebecca Whittaker 
Dorothy Phillips 
Adam Jones 
Sherman Winslow 
Henry J. Rusk 
Esmond Sharpe 
Edward Coleman 
John H. Coleman 
Howard W. Coleman 
Edward Pugh 
Frederick Hill 
Lester Monroe* 
Hamilton McKay 

H. Greer, D.D., then Bishop Co-Adjutor: 
Daisy Conly 
Elizabeth Brent 
Elizabeth D. Tolmie 
Edith M. Benjamin 
James Anderson 
Newell Covert 
William Bailey 
George McLean 
Clifford Johnson 
Elbert Beckett 
Ralph Cozino 
Mary Jones 
Martha Patterson 
Charlotte Wallace 

1908, June 4th, by Rt. Rev. D. 
Josephine Pilson 
Edith Cunningham 
Blanche Garrabrant 
Louisa Kesselring 
Lucy Best 
Isabel Amerman 
Anna Brooks 
Sarah Brent 
Gertrude Coleman 
Maude Coleman 
Jeanette Spalding 
Edith Hall 
Earl Hall 
Elizabeth Hill 
Caroline Lorentzen 
Alice Henyan 
Gladys Pugh 
Emily Haight 
Edna Haight (Methodist) 
George Phillips 

H. Greer, D.D., Bishop of New York:f 
Helen Armstrong 
Edith Hansen 
Hazel Best 
Clara Bolstetter 
Alice Anderson 
May Anderson 
Elizabeth Smith 
Elizabeth Smith 
Agnes Kupalian (Armenian) 
Nellie Carpenter (Romanist) 
Florence Belknap 
Ella Rose Huestis 
Lily Lawrence 
Edna Masten 
Inwood Brent 
Avery H. Kimmel 
James McLean 
William Harris 
Walter Harris 
Frederick Anderson 

*Lester Monroe, when a member of the Sunday school, attained the 
remarkable record of not failing in his attendance a single Sunday for 
15 years. It is doubtful if this record can be surpassed or even dupli- 
cated by any Sunday school scholar elsewhere. 

fThe largest class in the history of the Parish — 40. 

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1910, Nov. 27th, by Rt. Rev. D. H. Greer, D.D.: 

Ella P. Dyos William Foster 

Eleanor F. Casey George Hill 

Isabel Gent Archie Hosier 

Eva Lawrence Oliver Jackson 

Jessie Lorentzen Benjamin Hall 

Catherine Lorentzen Senley Monroe 

Alice Perry Howard Patterson 

Dorothy Coleman Donald Lusk 

Eleanor Miller Horace Pugh 

Lila Masten James Smith 

Erma Masten Frederick Smith 

Marjorie Wheatley Sidney W. Kimmel 

Ethel Best Joseph Y. Wheatley 
Estella Daniels 

1915, Oct. 3rd, by Rt. Rev. D. H. Greer, D.D.: 
Augusta Campbell James Trimble 

Zaitie Rundell William Sedgwick Cunningham 

Mildred Cunningham William Finck 

Lucy Lawrence Leslie Cunningham 

Elizabeth Lowry Hamilton Hall 

Arabella Smith Walter Ray Higgins 

William Lawrence George Conly 

Willard Lusk Theodore R. Eiler 

1916, Nov. 19th, by Rt. Rev. C. S. Burch, D.D.: 

Lucille Allis (Presbyterian) James Francis Cunningham 

Frances Allis (Presbyterian) George Jackson 

Agnes Allis (Presbyterian) Mary Rundell 

Amelia Lusk Mildred Perry 

Martha Cunningham Effie Hall 

1917, Nov. 17th, by Rt. Rev. C. S. Burch, D.D., Bishop Suffragan of New 

Charles Seton Lindsay Ruth Coleman 

Mary Lewin Lindsay Ruth Johnson 

Richard Ludlow Giles Effie Masten 

Harriet Coleman Helen Conly 

1918, Nov. 10th, by Rt. Rev. C. S. Burch, D.D., Bishop Suffragan of New 

Mary Jackson Charles Cunningham 

Florence Marie Walter Jackson 

Marian Fleming Andrew Jackson 

Katherine Fleming William Fleming 

Alma Matthews Richard Hall 

Louise Finck James Coleman 

Evelyn Smith J. Bennett Southard, Jr. 

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Recorded by Rev. Ebenezer Williams 

Sept. 28, 1839 Robert Parker Parrott to Mary 
Kemble, took place at the residence 
of Gouverneur Kemble in the pres- 
ence of Gouverneur Kemble, Wm. 
Kemble and family, Mr. Pauldingand 
family, Mr. Poinsett and wife, Mrs. 
Gouverneur and others. This mar- 
riage was solemnized just before the 
incorporation of the Parish 

June 4, 1840 Theodore Foster — Margaret Purdy 
married at Mrs. Purdy's house in 
the presence of many witnesses 

Oct. 12, 1840 Isaac Carey to Eliza Washburn, 
married at Cold Spring House of Mr. 
Washburn in the presence of his 
family and others 

Oct. 27, 1840 Jacob Nelson to Catherine Jane 
Lowe, married at the house of Mr. 
Lowe in the presence of his family 
and a numerous party 

Dec. 27, 1840 George Cronk to Rosetta Van Tas- 
sel, married at the residence of 
Robert P. Parrott in the presence of 
the servants of the family 

Apr. 13, 1841 David Anthony to Elizabeth For- 
shay, at the house of Mr. Forshay in 
the presence of a large company 

May 6, 1841 Wm. Doherty to Miriam Reid, at the 
residence of Judge Warren, Cold 
Spring, in the presence of a respecta- 
ble and large company 

July 20, 1841 Wm. Gardener to Eliza Shannon, 
married at Nelsonville, at the house 
of Mr. Caffry 

236 St Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Dec. 8, 1841 John Brit to Sarah Winters at a Mr. 
Stone's House, Cold Spring, in pres- 
ence of Mr. Stone and family and 
several neighbors 

Feb. 26, 1842 James Woodburn to Elizabeth 
White, married at Nelson ville at the 
house of Mr. Caffry 

Mar. 3, 1842 Ambrose Rees to Elma Matilda 
Tuthill, at Cold Spring at the House 
of Mr. Collins in presence of a large 

May 5, 1842 Barnabas H. Bartol to Emma 
Welchman, at Cold Spring House of 
Dr. Edward Welchman, in presence 
of a large company 

Jan. 4, 1844 Jacob McLeRoy to Maria Van 
Hoyt, at the house of Mr. Lester 
near Nelson ville 

Recorded by Rev. Robert Shaw 
July 5, 1844 Charles Richey to Mary Ann Wan- 
Oct. 14, 1844 Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth 

Dec. 14, 1845 David Hustis to Mary Elizabeth 

Oct. 17, 1846 Benjamin Levering to Mary Ann 

Mar. 26, 1848 Matthias Kohler to Catherine Rei- 

Apr. 1, 1848 James Sparks of Peeks kill to Lydia 

Apr. 11, 1849 Charles J. Nourse to Margaret 

Kemble (in New York) 
Apr. 29, 1849 Stephen Wallace to Lydia Hamilton 

of New York 
May 8, 1849 Thomas Hamilton Smythe to Hulda 

Maria Dykman 

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Sept. 9, 1849 John Hamilton to Eliza Hamilton 
Jan. 25, 1850 Wm. Hamilton to Ann Blakely 
Dec. 1, 1850 Michael Austin to Jeannette Camp- 
bell of Philipstown 
Dec. 25, 1850 Lindsley Turner to Sarah Sheldon 
Mar. 28, 1851 James Cunningham to Mary Ann 

May 6, 1851 Wm. Blakely to Martha Hamilton 
Sept. 2, 1851 David Cooper of Greenwood, Orange 
County, New York to Mary Jane 
Oct. 27, 1851 John Faulkner to Isabel McAllister 
Dec. 3, 1851 Hamilton Williams to Mary Jane 

Feb. 12, 1852 Colin McKenzie to Catherine 

Aug. 21, 1852 Oliver Patten to Sarah Jane Nor- 
Mar. 14, 1853 Bernard McDermott to Eliza 

Apr. 6, 1853 Frederick D. Lente to Mary Kemble 
(marriage solemnized in New York) 
July 1, 1853 Wm. McGuffick to Elizabeth 

July 5, 1853 James Anderson to Agnes Drenner 
Aug. 27, 1853 Wm. Hamilton to Mary Faulkner 
Sept. 15, 1853 Henry F. Whitter to Ida W. Morris 
Sept. 22, 1853 David B. Urquhart to Margaret 

Sept. 22, 1853 Wm. Harrison to Mary Ferguson 
Oct. 10, 1853 Richard Fennan to Elizabeth Ander- 
Dec. 15, 1853 Alexander Barrett to Susan Telford 
July 24, 1854 Samuel Mulligan to Isabel Maguire 
Sept. 30, 1854 Wm. McCoy to Margaret Cotter 
Oct. 3, 1854 James Blakely to Nancy Mclver 
Apr. 16, 1855 Matthias Riggs to Barbary Myers 

238 St Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Apr. 16, 1855 Louis Reyher to Annie C. Heinricke 
Apr. 30, 1855 John McCahan to Mary Brophy 
July 16, 1856 Richard Shaw Wood to Sarah Isabel 

July 27, 1857 Daniel G. Piatt to Harriet Davis 
July 8, 1859 Edward Fobes to Elsie Folsom 

Recorded by Rev. Charles W. Morrill 
Nov. 6, 1861 Cyrus Gedney Mead to Mary Ann 

Nov. 12, 1861 Peter Rowland Heaton to Elizabeth 

Nov. 6, 1862 Richard Shepherd Shriver to Martha 

Jan. 8, 1863 Wm. Travis to Ann Hyde 
Nov. 24, 1863 Cornelius Hook to Eliza Warren 
Dec. 10, 1863 Joseph Leonard to Georgina 

Apr. 20, 1864 John Savage Crary to Sarah Ann 

June 16, 1864 John Dillon to Katherine Fitz- 


Recorded by Rev. Mytton Maury 
Jan. 18, 1865 Washington Augustus Roebling to 
Emily Warren* 

* Emily Warren Roebling was famous 
for the part she took in the comple- 
tion of the Brooklyn Bridge begun 
January 3, 1870 and completed May 
27, 1883. Her husband, Washing- 
ton A. Roebling, Engineer of the 
Bridge, contracted the Caisson Dis- 
ease, and became incapacitated. He 
surveyed the work by telescope, the 
details of which were reported to him 
while lying in bed. It is said that 

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Jan. 18, 1865 Edgar Washburn Warren, to Corne- 
lia Maria Barrows 
Both the above were married by 
Rev. Henry Burrows, Jr., Rector of 
Christ Church, Quincy, Massachu- 

May 16, 1865 Thomas Brooks to Mary Elizabeth 

Oct. 3, 1865 Louis Ellers to Fredericka Stierley 
of Switzerland 

Jan. 8, 1866 Wm. Maury to Cornelia Ludlow 
Field (in St. Louis) 

July 17, 1866 Francis Doughty to Hannah Mum- 
ford Starr 

Nov. 15, 1866 Wm. Lawson Shriver to Jane Eliza 

Nov. 28, 1866 Charles Watson Williams to Eliza- 
beth Frances Clooney 

Feb. 28, 1867 Charles Alonzo Denike to Josephine 

May 4, 1867 Samuel Condell to Mary O'Connor 

May 4, 1867 Michael Devine to Bridget Mc- 

Sept. 29, 1867 John Allen Wilde to Emma LeMaire 

Feb. 6, 1868 George Thomas to Mary Hamilton 

Mar. 17, 1868 James Cunningham to Ann Smith 

Mrs. Roebling was the first woman 
to cross the Bridge, seated in a ba- 
rouche, with a rooster on the box 
symbolizing Victory. Emily Roebl- 
ing was born in Cold Spring in 1843, 
She was the daughter of Sylvanus 
Warren and sister of Major General 
Gouverneur Kemble Warren, a gal- 
lant soldier and famous hero of the 
Civil War 

240 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Aug. 13, 1868 John McGowan to Ann Jane Hamil- 

Mar. 9, 1869 Caleb Curry to Ann Soper 

June 23, 1869 Hamlet Hart to Emma Travis 

Sept. 7, 1869 Samuel Greene Wheeler to Isabel 
Magdalen Sloane 

Sept. 7, 1869 John Hamilton to Emma Greene 

1870 Friedrich Ritter to Cecilia Rodgers 

June 5, 1870 Friedrich Fahlisch to Sophie F. 

Oct. 26, 1870 William H. Ladue to Alice Green- 

Oct. 31, 1870 Samuel C. Walters to Rosalie Fannie 

George Curry to Emma Hyde 
Thomas Gordon to Mary Jane 

Peter H. Westgaard to Sophia 

James Peter Amerman to Rhoda E. 

During this time the Parish was in 
charge of visiting clergymen there 
being no Rector 

Sept. 20, 1871 Joseph H. Caux to Alice Hermance 
(By Rev. Robert Fulton Crary) 

Oct. 5, 1871 Benjamin Travis to Hannah Jane 
Conklin at the house by Rev. C. F. 
Hoffman, Rector of "St. Philips in 
the Highlands" 

Dec. 14, 1871 Samuel Hamilton to Mary Ann 
Huston by Rev. C. F. Hoffman 

Dec. 26, 1871 John Sedgwick Barnett of Brook- 
lyn to Sarah Smith (By Rev. M. E. 


23, 1870 


3, 1871 


5, 1871 


7, 1871 

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Recorded by Rev. Charles Carroll Parsons, Rector 

June 11, 1872 Stephen Sara to Sarah Ann Mik- 

June 12, 1872 Alexander Troup to Augusta Lewis 
June 12, 1872 George Edward Harney to Maria 

Renshaw Jacques 
Oct. 19, 1872 James Nelson McCormick to Pame- 
la Garceau 
Oct. 23, 1872 Charles Phillips Young to Isabel 

Nov. 7, 1872 Hiram Frank Winchester to Laura 

Gertrude Benjamin 
Nov. 12, 1872 Peter Boyd to Harriet Zeliph 
Nov. 14, 1872 William Barton to Mary Gardiner 
Oct. 16, 1873 Uriah Ferguson to Martha Scully 
July 4, 1874 Rev. William Peter Pearce to Laura 

Teresa Francis 
July 17, 1874 Andrew Fisher to Ann J. Redmond 

Recorded by Rev. Isaac Van Winkle 

Sept. 19, 1874 Warren Claude Leffel to Helen 
Euphrosine Crosby 
The witness to this marriage was 
Clara Louise Kellogg, the famous 
American singer of her time, who 
resided, during the summer, at her 
beautiful home, just outside the 
Village limits of Cold Spring. Miss 
Kellogg sometimes participated in 
the services at St. Mary's, and 
whenever it was known that her 
rare voice was to be heard there, 
many availed themselves of the op- 
portunity to hear her. 

Nov. 26, 1874 Perry Hermance to Margaret Mc- 

242 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

June 23, 1875 Jeremiah Ryan to Sarah Virginia 

June 28, 1875 Stephen Carr Lyford to Gertrude 
Kemble Paulding 

Oct. 12, 1875 George Wilson Murdock to Mary 
Pearson Paulding 

Oct. 14, 1875 Isaac Van Winkle to Margaret 
Kemble Lente, married by Rev. 
George F. Seymour, D.D., then 
dean of the Seminary in New York 
afterwards Bishop of Springfield, 111. 

Dec. 29, 1875 John Alexander Tait to Emma 

Apr. 18, 1876 Arthur Thompson to Dora Belle 

Nov. 26, 1876 James Morrissey to Amelia Davidge 

Dec. 2, 1876 Edward Titus to Josephine Stans- 

Mar. 6, 1877 Isaac Newton Bell to Sarah Cather- 
ine Taylor 

Mar. 3, 1878 Frederick Rochery to Kate Case 

May 12, 1878 Prosper Weiss to Mary Elizabeth 

May 12, 1878 William Wood to Amanda Hicks 

Sept. 18, 1878 John Pilson to Josephine Camp 

Oct. 23, 1878 Frederick Mills Camp to Rose Anna 

July 2, 1879 Louis N. LeMaire to Emma Collins 

July 20, 1879 Hiram Stevens to Elsie Hadden 

Sept. 29, 1879 Joseph Perry to Martha Elizabeth 

Oct. 18, 1879 Charles Lewis to Mary Jane Harri- 

Aug. 28, 1880 William Bangs Allen to Matilda 

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Mar. 8, 1881 Joseph Marvin Morrison to Mary- 
Ann McCormick 

June 16, 1881 John Condit Pennington to Ellen 
Kemble Paulding 

Sept. 4, 1881 Peter Zigler to Babell Huss 

Sept. 9, 1882 Randal Waddell to Mary Jane Brad- 

Sept. 17, 1882 Andrew F. Wanner to Elizabeth 

Nov. 15, 1882 Stephen Louis Odell to Theresa A. 

Jan. 21, 1883 Samuel Fernando Rowe to Sarah 
Louisa Hyde 

June 6, 1883 Thomas Moore to Margaret Louisa 

Nov. 29, 1883 Richard Smith Condell to Mary Jane 

Feb. 20, 1884 John Hoyt Carpenter to Sarah 
Frances Jones 

June 25, 1884 William C. Southard to Ellen Greene 

June 1, 1885 Charles Carroll Gillett to Jane Char- 
lotte Davis 

Mar. 3, 1886 James Monroe Camp to Amelia 

June 1, 1886 George Albree Freeman, Jr. to 
Beatrice Paulding 

Oct. 24, 1886 Emil Otto Weber of West Point to 
Anna Maria Schmidt 

Jan. 4, 1887 Harry Cramer to Sarah Agnes 

Jan. 12, 1887 Frederick E. Pretat to Margaret 
Mary Hamilton 

June 7, 1887 Howard William Cable to Nina 
Delia Morse 

Sept. 26, 1887 William Minot Hyatt to Mary Mar- 
tha Dore 

244 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Oct. 5, 1887 William Henry Haldane to Alice 

Feb. 22, 1888 Charles Young Sears to Wilmina 

June 24, 1888 William A. Shriver to Carrie Emma 

Nov. 14, 1888 Oscar Howell Dolson to Angeline 

Philips Butler 
Aug. 13, 1889 George Edmund Negris to Louisa 

Mary Ann Puckett 
Dec. 31, 1889 James Campbell McKay to Jane 

Feb. 6, 1890 Alexander Spalding to Mary Jane 

Apr. 25, 1891 Frank Eiler to Martha Jane Cun- 

Recorded by Rev. E. C. Saunders 
Apr. 6, 1892 John Edward Taylor to Rebecca 

Charlotte Forman 
Apr. 26, 1892 Charles Asa Miller to Mary Eliza- 
beth Thomas 
June 15, 1893 William Augustus Morse to Isabella 

Aug. 2, 1893 James F. Fitzpatrick to Emily F. 

Sept. 12, 1893 Thomas Cuthbert Taylor to Jane 

Oct. 8, 1893 William Edwin Walton to Fannie 

Shepherd Prince 
Dec. 30, 1893 Willard Horace Tilman to Grace 

Gertrude Ackerman 
Apr. 26, 1894 Henry Duncan Ticehurst to May 

Louisa Shriver 
June 28, 1894 Greene Thorn Crookston* to Sarah 

Sept. 3, 1894 Garry D. Vandermark to Maggie 

J. R. Anderson 

*Greene T. Crookston and William Burns are the only mechanics still 
residing in this village, who participated in the construction of the present 
church of St. Mary's. 

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Oct. 24, 1894 Gilbert Mills Soule to Gertrude 

Lavinia Collins 
May 18, 1895 Edward Swanton Sands to Sarah 


Recorded by Rev. E. Flo yd- Jones 

Sept. 4, 1895 Charles Baker to Sarah Ashcroft 
Apr. 15, 1896 Gordon Campbell to Gertrude 

Nov. 17, 1897 Charles Nichol Bancker Camac, 

M.D., to Julia Augusta Metcalfe. 

Married by Rt. Rev. Thomas A. 

Starkey, D.D., Bishop of Newark, 

New Jersey 
June 15,1898 John Young Mekeel to Sallie Lavinia 

July 2, 1898 William O. Dunseith to Alida Cole- 
July 30, 1898 James L. Cunningham to Emma 

Oct. 5, 1898 Eugene Champlin to Bertha Thorn 
Jan. 23, 1899 John C. Kelley to Mary Cathcart 
Feb. 15, 1899 Frank E. Hoffman to Lillian May 

Sept. 29, 1900 Henderson Weir to Mary Campbell 

(St. Michael and All Angels' Day.) 
Jan. 8, 1901 William J. Rundell to Emily Ash- 
Feb. 23, 1901 Eugene G. Andrews to Edna Mary 

Oct. 29, 1901 Helen Rutherford Taylor to Charles 

M. Nichols 
Mar. 12, 1902 Samuel Robert Mohurter to Loretta 

Apr. 24, 1902 Elihu Porter to Ida Caroline Greene 
Aug. 23, 1902 Ernest Iver Ferdinand Wallin to 

Ida May Condell 

246 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

Oct. 18, 1902 Peter Easton to Caroline Pilson 
Apr. 22, 1903 Frederick Mcllravy to Sarah Hallen- 

June 24, 1903 William Garfield Matthews to 

Hildiga Amelia Swenson 
Oct. 17, 1903 Frank Sutherland to Elizabeth 

Feb. 26, 1903 Harrison C. Travis to Sarah Eliza- 
beth Garrison 
June 1, 1904 John Sedgwick Cunningham to 

Nellie Robb 
Sept. 4, 1904 Esmond Sharpe to Effie Simmons 

Oct. 20, 1904 William J. Bailey to Ann Smith 

Apr. 26, 1905 Henry J. Rusk to Emily Patterson 
July 2, 1905 Edmund Smith to Florence Chapin 
Sept. 24, 1905 Robert Francis Todd to Mabel 

Lucinda Terwilliger 
Nov. 4, 1905 Julius A. Edwards to Charlotte L. 

Nov. 4, 1905 Svend Sorenson to Harriette J. 

Dec. 27, 1905 Henry Cornell Baker to Agnes 

Madeline Tolmie 
Apr. 23, 1906 John Preston Howden to Marguerite 

June 27, 1906 Samuel Monroe to Catherine 

Sept. 27, 1906 Thomas Francis Cunningham to 

Jane Caldwell 
Jan. 26, 1907 Coryell Clark to Katherine Camp- 
June 6, 1907 Bruyn Polhemus to Betsy Edna 

Nov. 2, 1907 Orril Fortune to Margaret Mc- 


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Dec. 29, 1907 William M. Weddell to Emeline 

Aug. 2, 1908 Louis H. Rinn to Clara L. Denny 
Dec. 24, 1908 Henry S. Hulse, Jr. to Marie E. 

Nov. 24, 1909 Arthur T. Pilson to Alice E. Henyan 
Aug. 10, 1910 John Edward Holden to Anna 

Statia Ladue 
June 30, 1911 Eugene E. Henyan to Bertha 

July 14, 1911 Frank Bond to Jennie R. Grimont 
Oct. 26, 1911 Charles B. Fullaway to Sarah M. 

Oct. 29, 1912 Osmond M. Baxter to Martha Giles 

Nov. 24, 1912 William H. Lewis to Frances Decker 
Jan. 23, 1913 Edward H. Pugh to Jane A. Archie 
Nov. 21, 1914 William Fahlman to Annie Conley 
Feb. 2, 1916 Edward Tompkins to Florence L. 

Apr. 9, 1916 Morton C. Hasbrouck to Minnie G. 

May 12, 1917 Charles Van Riper to Ella J. Hansen 
July 17, 1917 Theron Louis Merritt to Blanche 

Martha Neice 
Sept. 2, 1917 Harry M. Glover to Minnie Dibbell 
Nov. 28, 1917 Lester Monroe to Anna Merkle 
May 5, 1918 Frank Conley to Jennie Elizabeth 

June 11, 1918 William Creary Woods to Edna Bell 

June 18, 1918 Emil Hrusa to Anna Brooks 
Oct. 26, 1918 Edward L. Post to Dorothy Cole- 
Nov. 27, 1918 George F. Sergeant to Mary Eliza- 
beth Clark 

248 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 


Aug. 3, 1896 

9, 1919 Ferdinand M. Bartelme Major U. S. 

Army, to Gertrude A. Spalding 

(Married at St. Thomas's Church, 

New York) 

Samuel C. MacGuire to Claire Patterson 
5, 1919 Robert J. Garrison to Estelle T. 




Mary Sylvester 
Winifred Craig 


Joseph Faulkerin 
Isaac Finch 
Alexander English 
Ambio Serio 
Harman Bonnik 
Louis Ellesenda 

Mary Lee (Matron of West Point 


John Hamilton 
Mary Ann Hamilton 
Maria H. Foote 
Sarah E. Rogers 
Ward Rogers 


Elizabeth Dale 
Sarah Brewer 
George Jones 


Thomas Shepherd 
. Margaret Williams 

(Wife of Rev. Ebenezer Williams, 
first Rector of St. Mary's and St. 
Philip's in the Highlands. She is 
buried in St. Philip's Churchyard.) 
Mary Ann Marshal 

Thomas Prince 

Justus Miller 

John Young, M.D. (Physician 

of Cold Spring). 
John Warren 
Henry Holdane 
Samuel Bransford 
John Palmer 

Susanna Jones 
Edward Martin 
John Sutherd 
Thomas Van Brunt 

Harvey Flagler 
Mary Williams 

Katherine Kemble 

(Buried at Tarrytown, within 
the walls of the Tower of Christ 

George Williamson 
Thomas Bell 

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Cornelius Nelson 
Eliza Prince 


William Smith 


Eliza McCaffrey 
William Hamilton 
John Hamilton 
Robert Parrott Lockwood 


David Sunderson 
Isaac Wright 
Samuel Bell 
David Williams 
Georgianna Jones 


Robert Graham 
Samuel Patterson 
Robert Muirhead 
Thos. Porter 


Susanna Lyons 
Mrs. Sheldon 
Mr. Jones 
Mr. Odell 


Margaret Higgins 
Clarinda Denton 


Isabel Rodie 
Anna S. Paulding 
James Greenwood 
Evlin Smyth 


William James Hyde 
James Lipsey 
Winifred Livingston 
Mary Leget Taylor 
Mrs. Blakely 

John Robertson 
Alexander Lyons 

Margaret Van Cott 

Alexander Lyons 
Mrs. Donaldson 
George Sherman 
Frances Hamilton 

Isabel Rodie 
William Purdy 
Phyllis Greenwood 
John Duncan Richie 

John Evans 
Margaret Hamilton 
Hannah Grey 
William Mizigadus 

Mary Ann Patterson 
Solomon Snowdon Gordon 
Seymour Birdsall 

Rosetta Matthews 

Juliet Hustis 

Jane Robinson 

William Marion Brunker 

Alexander Trowbridge Dykman 
Margaret Sears 
William Branigan 
Mrs. McCaffrey 

250 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 


Mary Andercott 
Christian Myers 
William H. Dore 
Charles A. Gresham 
James Cunningham 
William Clooney 
Mary Jane Marshall 
Dallas Wood 
Mary Ann Cunningham 
Rachael Lawson 


Mary Jane Hamilton 
Elizabeth Ann Hamilton 
James Grey 


Richard Matthews 
Joseph Mulligan 


Margaret LeMaire 
Franklin Lipsey 
James Nelson 


Arthur Grey 
Cortland Valentine 
Albert Dykman 


Sylvanus Warren 
John Mills Brown 


William Nelson 


Eliza Ann Gardiner 

(Buried by Rev. C. F. Hoffman, 
Rector of St. Philip's in the 

Hannah Lemon 

Frederick Branigan 

Ida Cora Sylvester 

William Alexander Hamilton 

Elizabeth Gordon 

Mary Higgins 

Margaret A. Greenwood 

Thomas Higgins 

John McKenzie 

John Lipsey 

John Branigan 

Therese Ryer 

William Henry Jones 
Frederick D. Lente 
David Robinson 

Mary Ledgwick 

Edwin Valentine 

William Edward McDavid 

Charlotte Trichler 

Fannie Hooker Wood 
Anna Holdane 
Rebecca Harrison 

Eunice Jaycox 

Miriam Dore 

Sarah O. Briggs 

(Buried by Rev. Robert Shaw, 
2d Rector of St. Mary's.) 

John Lipsey 

(Buried by Rev. Charles Bab- 

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Mary Wells 
Davenport Nelson 
Francis R. Caux 
William Schneck 
Eliza Huested 
Mary Tritschler 

Ambrose Rees 
Catherine Lynn 
Elizabeth Smith 
Rosie Kune 
Florinda Harrison 


Ann Clooney 
Levi L. Livingston 
Charles Tritschler 
Louisa A. Truesdell 
Elizabeth Heaton 
James Blakely, Jr, 
Elizabeth Prince 
Arista Nelson 

William Henry Harrop 
William Higgins 
James Franklin Smith 
Mary Anne Harper 
William D. Truesdell 
Joseph Robinson 
Albert A. Dykman 


Nickolas Arenst 
Thomas Evans, Jr. 
Gertrude Holdane 
Charles H. Chappie 
Charles McQuillan 
William Watson Taylor 

Richard E. Dore 
Oscar E. Clooney 
Margaret J. Blakely 
George P. Morris* 
Robert Booth 
Henrietta Jaycox 

*George Pope Morris was a journalist and poet of considerable promi- 
nence. He was born in Philadelphia, October 10th, 1802. From 1820 to 
1842 he edited the New York Mirror. Among his intimate friends was 
Samuel Woodworth, Author of "The Old Oaken Bucket." He carried a 
commission, as Brigadier General of the New York Militia. Gen. Morris 
is especially known as the author of the famous poem "Woodman 
Spare that Tree" through which he achieved an undying fame. The 
origin of the poem was due to a stroll in the Bloomingdale section of the City 
of New York. Upon finding a workman about to cut down a very old tree, 
under which a friend who was with him had played as a boy, with prompt 
action he paid the man $10.00 and the three then went to the woodman's 
cottage, where Morris drew up a bond certifying that the tree should be 
preserved during his friend's lifetime. Gen. Morris lived at "Undercliff," 
just North of the Village which was one of the notable places on the River. 
He died in New York, July 16th, 1864, in the 62nd year of his age. 

252 St Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 


Annie P. Lente 
Gertrude B. Lente 
Thomas Prince 
Theodore Butterfass 

Frederick J. James* 
Christopher Alexander Kingsley 
Ida Wetherington 
Jabez Lemmon 


William James Hyde 
Clarissa Thornber 
George Buckman 
Abraham Buckman 
Charles D. Taylor 

John A. Hamilton 
Eleanora Haacke 
John E. Townsend 
George Townsend 


William Lyman Phillips 
George Washington Wise 
George Frederick Worthington 
William A. Higgins 
Governeur Kemble Dykman 

Georgianna Leonard 
Henry Spellman 
Joseph Deming 
Sarah Lipsey 


Emma Schmidt 
M. Croatridge 
Mary Lloyd 
L. Taylor Bowne 
Mary Martha Hyde 
F. Hitchcock 
Sarah P. Wood 
Felix Hitchcock 
Sarah Cunningham 

Robert Stark 
Daniel McCord 
James H. Spellman 
George Martin 
Annie Schnack 
Louisa Wood 
Theresa A. Dore 
Adelaide Hyde 
William Mclvers 

*Frederick J. James graduated from the United States Military Academy, 
June 17th, 1862, as Second Lieutenant, Third Cavalry. He served during 
the Rebellion with the escort of the headquarters of the Army of the Poto- 
mac, July ,1862 to 1863. He participated in the Virginia, Peninsula, Mary- 
land and Rappahannock Campaigns, being engaged in covering the move- 
ments of the Army from Harrison's Landing, August 1st, 1862, also in the 
Battle of South Mountain, Antietam Battle, Battle of Fredericksburg, on 
the expedition up the Tennessee River to Petersburgh, destroying rebel 
craft. He was a member of the sixth division, 16th Army Corps acting 
as Ordnance Officer at Camp McRae near Memphis, Tennessee. While 
on the march to Corinth, Mississippi, was engaged in action at Colliers- 
ville, Tennessee, where he was severely wounded. Lieutenant James died 
Aug. 6th, 1864, by falling from his horse near Cold Spring, N. Y. 

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Jason Dore 


Maria Hitchcock 

Mary Lyons 

Charles Nickerson 

Elizabeth Cash 

George Sofield 

William Lipsey 


Julian L. James* 

Martha Dewhurst 

S. Schreck 

Elizabeth Harper 

Sarah Elwell 

James Dewhurst 

Charlotte Shriver 

Eliza B. Maury 

Charlotte Butterfass 

Phoebe Warren 

Sarah Mytton Maury 


Alexander Nelson 

M. S. Purdy 

Dennis S. Gushee 

Sarah White 

Alida M. Truesdell 

f Augusta Schmidt 

Matilda Sheldon 

fCharles William McGowan 

Henry Rossiter 

fWalter Ellis Timm 

T. P. Rossiter 

Martha Jane Condell 

(Buried by Rev. W. S. Boardman). 


James R. Williamson 

Elwood Thurston Lynch 

Walter Wheaton Clark 

Arthur Scott 

Frederick K. Elliott Grey 

Grace Lush 

Asa S. Truesdell 

Carl Windberg 

John Andrew Van Voorhis 

Susan Sofield 


George Cloony 

Thomas Suter 

James Carmichael 

Asenath Dykman 

John Ashcroft 

Rhoda E. Amerman 

William S. Shriver 

Rose Duvall 

Thomas Lipsey 

Bayard Kemble 

Alice Caux 

(Buried, August 24th, b 

Sylvanus Ferris 

Mytton Maury. 


Ann Louise Hitchcock 

John Timm 

Limbrough Young 

Elizabeth Hamilton 


*Enlisted Co. F. 7th Regt., 1863. 
Camp, Gen. G. K. Warren. 
fBuried by Rev. Mr. Gushee. 

Captain U. S. Volunteers. Aid-de- 

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Edward Kernan 
William McCoy 
Maria Skene 
Elizabeth Morrison 
John Lambert 

(Burial service performed by 
Rev. Mr. Bonsall). 
Francis Wood Young 

Grace Dewhurst 
George Lyon McQuillan 
Frank Leonard Gardiner 
Lena Mayer 
Emma Williamson 

(Buried by Rev. Mr. Orr). 
Robert Frederick Spellman 
John Hamilton 

*Gouveneur Kemble I (Senior Warden) 


John Taylor (Vestryman) 

John Brennan 

Peter Loins 

Alexander James Caux 

Grace Mellen 

Jane Elizabeth Miller 

Sarah Virginia Ryan 
Rebecca McCaffrey 
Samuel Robert Condell 
Thomas Young Sheldon 
Wilson Purdy 
William Shultz Barton 


Dallas R. Wood Alexander Hamilton 

Robert Parker Parrott,f (S. Warden) James Harvey Briggs 
(The Bishop of New York, the Catherine Cronk 
Rev. M. Maury took part and William Travis 
several other clergymen.) Frederick Travis 


Emily Pearson Lyford 
Alexander Francis Martin Caux 

Anne Marshall Rogers 
William L. Simmons 


Cyrus Benjamin Boyd 
Benjamin Travis 
James Sears 
Linsdale Turner 
Peter B. Lawson 
Thomas Green 

Frederick James Camp 
John Robinson 
Maria A. Hitchcock 
Annie Conklin 
Anson Lovelace 
Nathalie Mary Paulding 

*Bishop Potter of New York, Rev. M. Maury and Rev. C. C. Parsons 
took part in the service and a large number of people followed the remains 
to the grave. 

t"A generous friend to Cold Spring Chief benefactor of St. Mary's. 
A ready helper to all in need. A life of consistent piety, and childlike 
faith was ended by a peaceful death." 

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Joseph Gray 
James Harper 
Matthias McCaffrey 



Joseph Dore 

Grace Curry 

John Jamison 

George Washington Turner 

Dominic Le Maire 


Nelson Warren 
Willis Alexander Hamilton 
Edward Conklin Travis 
Sarah Lodge 


Caroline Butterfass 
William Birdsall 
Sarah Barton 


Charles Albert Purdy 

Anne Green 

William Thurmbickler 

Alexander Hamilton (Vestryman) 

Frederick P. James (Vestryman) 


Esther Blakely Birdsall 
Lucy Haldane 


Mary Ashcroft 
Henrietta Thurmbickler 
Maud McCullen 


Mary Anne Williamson 
James Nelson McCormick 
Maria Cornell 
James Hulley 
Mrs. Blumenthal 

Marian Eckford Paulding 
Mary J. Taylor 
John Blakely 

Dora Thompson 
Phoebe Anne Hunter 
Josephine Dore 
Esther McRoberts Monroe 
Mary Elliott 

John Henry Weir Young, M.D. 
Ellen Kemble Pennington 
Richard K. Holdane 
Alexander McQuillan 

Mary Hyde 
Josephine Nelson 
Frederick Devoux Lente (Vestry- 

Josephine Perks 
Dorothea Scheidweiler 
Eleanor Mary McRoberts 
Joshua Hazen Perry 

Maria Price 
Andrew C. Paulding 

John P. Shriver 
Thomas Ashcroft 

Maria Renshaw Harney 
Phillip Sheridan Humphries 
James H. Purdy 
Norman Lawrence 

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James H. Haldane (Vestryman) 
Louis F. Harting 

William Van Wyck (Vestryman) 
Margaret Anne Lente 

Mary Elizabeth Wyant 
Jennie Lawson Shriver 
Charles Ledwick 
Arthur Ireland 


Robert John Jones 

Richard F. Kemble 

Frederick Stephen Miller 

Robert B. Hitchcock (Vestryman) 

William Edgar Mosher 

Mary Magdalen Sloane 

Charles Gilmore 

Charles K. Eastwood 

John Edwin Atchison 

James Van Voorhis 

(Buried in the churchyard of 
St. Philip's in the Highlands). 

George Washington Purdy 


Minnie Elizabeth Robinson 
Robert Parrott Paulding 
John Campbell 

Leo Purdy 
Bessie Monroe 
Phinetta Lawrence 


Mary Green Paulding 
William Irving Paulding 

Bertha Green Hamilton 
Joseph Perry 
Henry Jaycox 

Mary Kemble Parrott 

(Widow of Robert P. Parrott). 
Emeline Chester Knott 
Abram Pratt Knott 
George Rowtley 


Emily L. Keenan 
Sylvester B. Allis 

(Editor of the C. S. Recorder). 
Isabella McQuillen 
Laura E. Mead 

James Carter 
Chauncey Hulley 
Alexander Trimble 
John Butler 


Royal Monroe 
Charles Sears 

Martha Magdalene Eiler 


Beulah A. Purdy 
Mary Mclver 
Mary M. Granville 

Gilbert Monroe 
Thelma Pilson 
John Robinson 

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Edward Higgins, Jr.* 
Rosalie Lewis 

Edward Higgins 
Leroy Z. Collins 


Walter Montgomery Arnold 

(Corp. U. S. A.) 
Dorothy Jones 
Charlotte Garrison 

Bessie Palmer 

John Albert Amerman 

Anne Jane Sears 


James Hamilton 

Sarah M. McCormick 

John Edward Nelson 

James Nutter 

(Met death by falling from road 
down the bank into Foundry 

Sadie Elizabeth Collins 

Hugh Patterson 
Joseph Higgins 
George Garrison 
Jessie Conklin 
James M. Camp 
Julia W. Spellman 
Alexander Trimble 
Melinda Wood 


Robert Patterson 
Emma Ladue 
Irene Amerman f 
Margaret Higgins 

Orestes Cleveland 
John Condit Pennington, M.D. 
Elizabeth Parsons Paulding 
James Brennan 


Emma L. Avery 

James Nathaniel Paulding 

Helen Farmer 
Elizabeth Greenwood 
Sarah Delameter 
Mary Eliza Lent 
George Van Tassel 

Henry M. Miller 
Isabel Sloane Wheeler 
Hester S. Amerman 
Harry Van Tassel 
Governeur Kemble II (Senior 

Wayne Williams 
Julia Wood 

*The above mentioned left Philadelphia on December 24th, 1892 to visit 
his parents in Cold Spring and was never heard of until his body was found 
opposite Cold Spring in the river on June 4, 1893. 

flrene Amerman was one of the most faithful and devoted members of 
the parish. For many years she sang in the choir, was a member of the 
Altar Guild, and was a conscientious teacher in the Sunday School. 

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Betsy Eastwood 
Maria E. Turner 
William S. Wood 
Maria Crassous 
William Blakely 
Jane Norris 
John Peter Depew 
Hiram Albertus Robinson 


Charles Nutter 
Eva May Owen 
Jane Spalding 
Russell Robinson 
Joseph Hawks 
Rhoda Jane Ellison 


Edward Patterson* 

Frank Spellman 

Charles Louis Adams 

Paulding Theodore Wright 

William Ireland 

Mary Kemble Lente 

Jane E. Rusk 

Jeannette Spellman 

Frank Eiler 

Howard W. Coleman, Jr. 

Daniel Butterfield (Vestryman) 


Emma Phillips 
Letitia Pilson 
George Youngman 
Gilda H. Giesler 
John T. Metcalfe, M.D. 
George Hamilton 
Edward Pickens 

Henry P. Bisch 
John Dillon 
Ada Van Tassel 
John J. Jones 
Irving Schoudell 
Seymour Ellwell 
George Scofield 

Nellie Adams 

P. Kemble Paulding 

John Roach 

Matilda Hall 

Frederick Henry Miller 

Mary Douglas Campbell 

Gertrude May Pugh 
Alvin Eastwood 
Hannah Rhodie 
Mary J. Blakely 
Alexander H. Jackson 
Joseph Caux 
Carrie Wispell 
Vernon Ireland 
Harry Totten 
William Cunningham 

George W. Haldane 
Robert Gray 
Henrietta Van Tassel 
William Young, M.D. 

Cora B. Cleveland 
Emma Geisler 

*Edward Patterson was one of the most attractive and promising of the 
younger members of the parish, and his death, occurring just at the age of 
manhood, caused wide spread sorrow. His funeral was one of the largest 
ever held in the church and was a witness to the esteem in which he was 

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Emily Warren Roebling 
Caroline Mason 
Eliza Gardiner 
Mary Lydecker 
Thomas Ashcroft 
Ina Bell 
Hazel Germond 


Hatfield Stevens 
Thomas H. Hamilton 
William J. Smith 
Harrison C. Travis 
Daniel Birdsall 
Alice Greenwood Ladue 
James Gibson 


Eleanor M. Roach 
Charles Louis Miller 
Emily Gray Birdsall 
James T. Goodey 
John McQuillan 
Donald C. Best 
Wilhelmina D. Young 
Beatrice Paulding Freeman 
Elizabeth A. Haley 
Susan Briggs 


Maria Hamilton 

Morris Engelbride 

Peter Wood 

Jane Elizabeth Tugnot 

Electa Avery 

Mary Louise Trimble 

Elizabeth Cuthbert Taylor 

Sarah J. Benjamin 

Ellen Jones 

Charles W. Bell 

Eliza Dyos 

William H. Ladue (Vestryman) 

Julia M. Jaycox 

William H. Jackson 
Chester Neuman 
Shephard R. Shriver, Jr. 
Agnes Huestis 
Mary E. Coleman 
Hasbrouch Germond 

Frank E. Terbush 
Cecilia Dorothy Brent 
Mabel Theresa Bell 
Jennie Beatrice Bell 
Lewis Birdsall* 
Ivor Ruth Garrabrant 
William Chester Southard 
John Campbell, Brig. Genl. U. S. 
Army. (Vestryman) 

Peter A. Robinson 
Anne Hamilton 
Cornelia Ferris 
Caroline Livingston 
Rodman Smith 
Isaac Birdsall 

*Lewis Birdsall was a prominent contractor of the neighborhood, and 
under his supervision was constructed a section of the Hudson River Rail- 
road from the Main Street Crossing of the Village of Cold Spring to the 
Garrison Tunnel, a very difficult part of the Line to build. This part of 
the Railroad running from New York to Poughkeepsie was opened Sep- 
tember, 1850. 

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Hugh Hambly 

Ellis H. Timm (Vestryman) 

Gladys Brown 

Annie Ralph 

Isabella K. Whittaker 

John Warren 


Sarah J. Haight 

William Dorn 

Augustus Theodore Garrabrant 

Mary Anne Higgins 

Barbette Assmus 

Bessie Ireland 

Ella Amerman 


Charles G. Purdy 
William Jaycox 
Richard S. Shriver 
May Alice Lowry 
Alice Cecelia Ireland 
Minnie Cole 


Nina Morse Cable 
Howard K. Cable 
Edward Baxter 
Leon Grimont 
James Preston Monroe 
Irving Mosgrove 
Dorothy Rundell 
James Pilson* 


William W. Pope 
Mary Henyan 


Martha J. Odell 

Edna M. Greene 

Albert Thomas 

Annie Kesselring Rawlston 

Franklin George Brewer 

Luke Higgins (Age 94) 

(One of the oldest members of 
the Parish, and one of the oldest 
veterans of the Civil War). 

Mary McKienon 

Elizabeth Stude 
Elihu Porter 
Albert Haight 
Henry Anderson 
Henry S. Newell 
Elizabeth B. Haldane 

George D. Thomas 
Sarah Crookston 
Mary Warren 
George Phillips 
Grace Pilson 

Arthur Noble 
Emily L. Haley 
Julia Tillou Kemble 
Robert K. Everett 
Sophia Waite 
Howard W. Coleman 
Mary Manning 
Owen Pugh 

Mary Scott 

James Roland Byxbee 

Horace J. Pugh 

Mary E. Caux (Age 94) 

William J. Foster 


*Sexton for many years. 

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Henry L. Matthews 
Everett Conklin 
Webster Warren 
Governeur Paulding 
(Junior Warden) 


John Alexander Tait 
Rachael Carmichael 
Augustus R. Garrabrant 


Mary Monroe 
Louisa Weiss 


Susan Van Tassell 
George Nelson 
Peter McCloud 
Martha J. Eiler 

Thomas Whittaker 

Belle Nelson 

William Henry Haldane 

(Senior Vestryman) 
Julia L. Butterfield 

Sedgwick Barnett 

Charles Miller (Senior Warden) 

Oswald Haldane 

Catherine Trimble 
Thomas Scott 

Eleanor Elizabeth Berkheiser 
Sarah J. McCaskie 
Elizabeth M. Lath (Age 95) 
(The oldest person in the 

James M. Winslow, M.D. (Vestryman) Records of the Parish). 


Martha Shriver 
Anne R. Cunningham 
Melvin Conklin 
Sarah Conklin 
Isaac Van Winkle 

Samuel Condell 
Rena Martha Jackson 
Richard Giles, M.D. 

Josephine Johnson 

(Rector of this parish for 17 years) . Richard Lewis 


Paul R. Griffin 
Henry Holdane 
William J. Bailey 


Ackley C. Schuyler 

(Lost in River from steamer 
"Trojan" on the trip from 
New York to Troy). 
Jennie Gent 

Mabel Jackson 
Bertha C. Kniffen 
Maud V. Jones 

William H. Kimmel 
Edward Cunningham 
Mytton Maury, D.D. 
Sarah Fullaway 
Sarah Goody 

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SERMON (in part) 

In Memory of Irene Amerman, 

preached by the rector 

on the Sunday following her death. 

It is one of those mysteries which pervade all life, 
that in the providence of God I should have the op- 
portunity (painful, yet of priceless benefit), of exem- 
plifying to you what I mean by the thoughts I have 
tried to put before you. While I am speaking this 
morning of worship as the defence of the true life, my 
mind is full of a loss which not only this parish has 
sustained, but which is a loss most truly personal. In 
the life of her who on Wednesday last went to a life 
eternal, you may see what the church and her ser- 
vices and her work mean, as an approach to a com- 
munion and fellowship with God. For 20 years a 
member of the choir she did what she could in per- 
forming her ministry here, which was a ministry 
spent in giving back to God what she could find to 
give Him, out of that life which He had given her, 
Nothing ever interfered except her own illness or a 
home duty, with the part she played in the worship 
of this sanctuary, the blending of her voice in the 
joys of praise and thanksgiving, continually going to 
the throne of God from this place. The last time she 
left the house was to come to the House of God, too 
ill to be there, but impelled by a sacred conscien- 
tiousness to fulfil a promise and to perform a task 
which made her Lenten season rich with ripening 
fruit. At all times her offering in the choir has gone 
forth unceasingly, from a spontaneous love and loy- 
alty for her church, in which she considered it not a 
duty only but a privilege to be found. In her minis- 
try about the things of the altar, in the work of the 
Altar Guild, there was the same recognition of a 
sacred responsibility, the ungrudging expenditure 

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of time, the untiring and loving devotion in the care 
of what was associated with the highest form of 
Christian worship, the Holy Communion, to which 
she came with a constant and characteristic dili- 

But her influence is even of wider application. 
There are others who can join with me in the testi- 
mony of her constant devotion to the Sunday school 
where Sunday after Sunday and year after year she 
has quietly been gathering the lambs of God into 
His fold. There is no scene which I have loved 
more to look upon in my ministry here than a little 
group of those, who are really messengers of an un- 
seen life, listening with keen interest, which their 
attendance Sunday after Sunday has shown, to 
stories and simple lessons of Him who took many 
little members of His flock up in His arms and 
blessed them with a benediction just as true to day, 
"Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid 
them not for of such is the kingdom of heaven." 
How many for ought we know have been brought to 
Christ by her love for them. 

Dear friends what can we learn from lives which 
leave behind them in their pathway acts fragrant 
with a bloom which has been nourished and strength- 
ened by fellowship with God? Chiefest, and best of 
all, the greatest life is the one which has worshipped 
God most and so served Him most. Our voice may 
not be heard along the street nor amid the most 
active labors of the world. We may not assume any 
leadership which entails prominence, but to be alive 
with the spirit of God, transfiguring the character 
through which God's own likeness shines, to be 
tender and patient in the claim of home ties, to be 
gentle and kind in the daily intercourse, to be ever 
active with a keen desire for a ready service, to have 
these spiritual gifts is to be great, for to have these is 

264 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands— A History 

to have Christ. To be faithful in that which is least 
is to possess a character, the lustre of which is not 
the brightest here but hereafter. This is the mes- 
sage which comes from a life which though having 
passed to a membership in the church triumphant 
is speaking still to us who as yet are not beyond the 
church militant. For the examples of all those, 
and for her's especially, who have lived and are liv- 
ing in the faith of Thy Holy Name we unceasingly 
thank thee oh God, beseeching thee to give us grace 
so to follow thy blessed saints in all virtuous and 
Godly living that we with them may be partakers of 
thine eternal kingdom. 


In memory of Elizabeth Parsons Paulding,* 

preached by the rector 

on Sunday, November 24, 1897. 

"The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him." 

Pa. 25: U. 

In these words the Psalmist touches a principle 
which may extend in its application to all life. That 
which belongs to God belongs to a certain extent 
to man, because God has created man in His own 
image and likeness; He shares with him His own 
divine life; He communicates with him in the lan- 
guage of the soul which is prayer; He utters His re- 
quirements by His own voice which is an active 
speaker, the messenger of the conscience. The secret 
of the Lord may be then, to a certain extent shared 
in by us all; that is the principle the Psalmist has in 
mind and asserts. God and man need not be 
strangers, there is a link which may bind them to 
one another with the cords of a man. God may be 
known; His influence may be felt; His love may be 
realized. There is a personal sympathy, a personal 

*Elizabeth Parsons Paulding died Oct. 19, 1897. She was a devoted 
member of her Church and her death was a great loss to the Parish. 

Sermon — Elizabeth Parsons Paulding 265 

interest, a personal care which dwells behind His 
connection with the world. That is the secret; it is 
the bond of union which lies in the consciousness 
that God and we ourselves possess something in 
common ; a hidden life growing and developing as we 
find our spiritual requirements are acknowledged 
and satisfied. 

Brethren, there is a secret to every life. It is not 
the secret of an act full of regret, not the failures 
which have produced pain, not the mistakes which 
have stung, nor the weaknesses which have made us 
feel a little shame; these we keep behind the closed 
door; these we mean shall be veiled in mystery to all 
except ourselves and to Him "unto whom all hearts 
are open and from whom no secrets are hid." But 
there is a secret which is in every life and which is being 
continually communicated to the little circle in 
which we live and influence. That secret is the 
purpose of our lives, the expression of the character 
which is at the back of it, the thoughts, the feelings, 
the passions, the desires, the intentions, the impulses. 
These are all enfolded deep down in the hidden 
purpose and meaning of our lives; they serve as the 
motive force back of it. The greater the life the 
finer its purpose; the more noble the conception the 
more comprehensive its desire to be active in the 
service of God ; the more cognizant of the duties and 
the responsibilities of life the truer, deeper, and more 
sacred the appreciation of God's claim upon our 
love, our sacrifice. Away out of sight from the 
ordinary gaze, reserved alone for the sympathetic 
and appreciative eye is the great heart beating, the 
great love acting, the great thoughts pouring out 
their tonic for life's best exercise. 

It is such things which lie at the basis of all friend- 
ship. Friendship is made by fellowship, and fellow- 
ship originates in the interest of the secret, which 

266 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

gives to it a quality fresh and vigorous. It is the 
secret in the lives of two friends which provides the 
material for a sweet and lasting communion, filling 
the companionship with renewed joy. The shallow, 
empty, selfish life, the life which floats along upon 
the tide of popular opinion, which gives little and 
demands much, such lives are friendless. You 
probably know such, you can count them on your 
fingers ; and the reason is because there is little depth, 
no far-reaching and inspiring motives, no hidden 
strength of character, no exalted aims, no secret and 
yet vigorous gifts worth searching for, no treasures 
wrapped up in the hidden chambers of the soul to 
evoke the latent gifts of others. 

It is then, it seems to me, the secrets in our lives 
which draw us to one another; and that secret I 
understand to be in the purpose and the inten- 
tion and the character of the life. The curiously 
expressed idea that others really know us better 
than we know ourselves is in a measure true, but 
only partially true. We may become so familiar 
with ourselves as to lose sight of our secret capabili- 
ties, yet at the same time, no one knows the hidden 
mainspring of our lives which governs the whole 
machine of our actions, our deep-seated feelings, our 
struggles with sins we had nothing to do with, the 
failures in the committing of sins for which we can- 
not blame our oblivious ancestors, the reason for per- 
sonal peculiarities which cannot be disguised, and 
the motives which do not belong to the world and 
merit no criticism, these are beyond the just esti- 
mate of the casual observer. 

I think now that I have gone far enough to sug- 
gest the meaning, as I understand it, of God's secret. 
God's secret is God's purpose, His plan, His will, 
His intention. It is God's life, in other words, it is 
the means of communicating Himself to you. His 

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life embraces all life, His secrets are manifold. The 
very depth of His character, and the mysteriousness 
of His ways provide the claim for your personal 
friendship. Deep waters are those which are 
the most interesting to explore. There is one 
line along which this friendship and fellowship must 
develop, and that is fear. God is only known to 
those who fear Him, for God is only known when He 
is loved, and fear begets love. The loss of fear is the 
beginning of the loss of respect. The basis of Chris- 
tianity is fear. The fear which love casts out is 
terror. The "fear not" which ushered the religion 
of Jesus into the world and which was on the lips of 
Christ and His angels afterwards, was the unwise 
presence of grave apprehension. What the Psalmist 
means to imply is that all religion which is the 
source of fellowship with God must be based upon 
fear which is reverence. No intercourse can be 
lasting without the maintenance of respectful re- 
gard, which is the source of reverence. Love must 
precede respect, therefore love lies at the back of 
reverence. Christianity is the only religion which 
has established an intercourse between the founder 
and the follower, and that makes it the supreme and 
only real religion of the world. It is based not upon 
terror, but upon love. Love made it, love keeps it. 
Fear is its inspiration, because fear is the outcome 
of reverence. 

The religion of the ancient world in the folk lore 
of Rome, or the literature of Greece, or the hymns of 
India, contributes the picture of the trembling 
devotee in hopeless terror at the enormity of his 
offence, before the offended God. In halls, in tem- 
ples, in groves, and on hills were altars erected to 
unknown Gods, ignorantly worshipped because im- 
personally worshipped. The God of the Christian is 
a knowable God, "who has pity for our sorrows, com- 

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passion for our weaknesses, and pardon for our sins"; 
but unknowable to those who do not approach Him 
in the reverent attitude of personal love. 

The way then of finding out God is just exactly 
the way of finding out your best friend, look for His 
character and make your interpretation in the rever- 
ence of your regard. Reverence is at the base of all 
human friendship, and all human friendship must 
have its super-structure erected upon the foundation 
of the knowledge of the character which evokes the 

The material which made the building of the friend- 
ships you have, was by the learning of the secrets of 
the lives you cherish. You learned them when they 
could help you with your burden; you learned the 
source of their strength which bore them along in 
spite of obstacles; you learned the deep things 
of their lives; you learned to admire them as you 
saw finer and finer qualities coming to the surface; 
you learned the ammunition with which they fought 
their battles; you learned the evidence of Christianity 
by the strength which it supplied. While your 
reverence lasts for them you will go on learning, 
you will go on loving. The only thing which will 
destroy the knowledge and the love would be the 
destruction of your reverence, the removal of a fear, 
a just and proper regard which is the harbinger of 
familiarity and generally the destruction of friend- 
ship. So you see on principles which govern all hu- 
man intercourse, how deeply true is the song of the 
Psalmist, that the secret of the Lord is with them 
that fear Him. You cannot love a person that you 
do not stand a little in awe of, not the awe of terror 
that isolates, but the awe of love that stimulates. 
It is the presence of this which makes you ardent in 
the desire to express your love and keen in the 
watchfulness not to offend by oversight or mistake, 

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and studious to grasp every opportunity to be a 
very present help in all times of conflict and trouble. 
It is these things, dear brethren, which should 
enter into your friendship with God. The province 
of fear is the carefulness which proceeds from love, 
the patient exercise to try and find out God's 
secrets and to intensify through those very secrets 
your personal relationship with Him. He will let you 
into His secrets as you are prepared to receive them; 
He will enable you advance to a closer companionship 
as you give evidence of your worthiness for it; He will 
tell you of His unfailing and unending love as you 
are capable of loving in return. That is the secret 
about Himself which He has been trying to unfold 
since the world began. But the world will still in- 
sist in seeing fate first, or cold, inflexible law, or in- 
justice, before it will look for love. The incarnation 
was intended to be a revelation of God's secret, 
the essence of His character. Christ embraced the 
thought, the desire, the purpose, the will of God; all 
of which was lodged in a personal longing for the 
manifestation of His friendship and His love. The 
plan for you to advance, in learning only those things 
of God which shall be revealed to sympathetic lives, is 
in the reverence of His claim and its conditions. 
He will unfold His character as you open your hearts 
and make them receptive. When you know God's 
secret, the scheme by which He governs the world, 
the method by which He governs your life, you will 
know God. You will know Him as you make your 
hearts and lives fit for the indwelling of His presence. 
You will know His inmost nature which is love, as 
you respond in sympathetic unison to it. By the com- 
munication of His desires in the secrets of your own 
lives you will learn of God best when your reveren- 
tial regard for Him reaches its highest exercise in 
worship, in the secret place of God's Holy Temple, 

270 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

the dwelling place of the Most High, and in the 
intercourse of prayer, where God and the soul meet 
not as strangers, but as friend speaking face to face 
with friend. And not only speaking, but in giving 
which is the essence of worship, the giving of time, 
of love, of self. 

"The secret of the Lord is with them that fear 
Him." Let that assurance be the motive of your 
religion. Learn by the deep-seated character of 
your affections the things which God has reserved 
for those who are worthy to receive them. Meet 
hopefully and confidently the tangles of daily experi- 
ences; accept, courageously, the times of conflict and 
welcome heroically the moments when every fibre 
of your being is meeting its severest test. By these 
things God is unlocking the doors into His secrets, 
He is opening the storehouse of His treasures, the 
secret of His strength, the secret of His sympathy. 
He is watching by them your loyalty, your fidelity, 
and your love. He is learning the nature of your 
profession. He is sifting the character of your 
promises; He is deepening your need, so that in the 
creation of it as a true friend He may have the pleas- 
ure of coming to meet it. 

Dear people, there are lives which are doing these 
things, which are living in the atmosphere of a 
sacred fellowship with God. They are desirous of find- 
ing out the best way to get beneath the surface of 
things and strengthen the ties which shall bind their 
lives to the life of God. It is this fellowship with 
God, the consciousness of His continual presence, 
the reality of His existence in the world and His 
providential connection with those who reverently 
accept the preciousness of His love, creating that 
influence which invariably pervades and acts upon 
the lives of those who possess it. It is not because 
their faith is so strong, it is the conscious com- 

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munion with God which makes their faith. 

I am led to these thoughts to-day by the influ- 
ence of a life to which the secret things of God be- 
longed, because of the fear and the love which 
cemented it to Him. We as a people, as a parish, 
and I as an individual, are the poorer to-day for the 
loss, the greatness of which we feel the more keenly 
as the passing days reveal with ever-freshened in- 
tensity the influence of the absence it brings. That 
greatness is enshrined in the evidence so true to 
those who now can prize the experience of having 
seen and known that personal love for God, which 
gave the life it beautified, to God, to be guided and 
used for His purposes where He had placed it. The 
light of such a life cannot be extinguished by the 
removal of the earthly vessel by which it shines; the 
afterglow lingers to tinge with the color of its in- 
fluence the spot which has been beautified by its 

There are lives brought by the circumstances 
of their occupations into more or less conspicuous- 
ness, entailing a continual and active touch with 
busy throngs. They have an influence, the influ- 
ence of notoriety or of public importance. They 
create an impression which is one passing quickly 
across the path of the social gaze. It stirs and stimu- 
lates by its uncommon qualities, but like the fleeting 
meteor, leaving its fiery trail, the light of moral splen- 
dor flashes for a time in its hasty flight, the busy 
world is arrested, watches its beauty for a while, 
and then goes on engrossed afresh in the demands 
of life. 

There are other lives placed in a community away 
from the rush and bustle of the world's busy centers, 
able by the character of the environment which sur- 
rounds them to identify themselves with the lives of 
those they come in contact with. Such lives become en- 

272 St Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

wrapped in other lives and shine on like fixed lumi- 
naries in the experiences of those they have influ- 
enced. It is that identification with and the estab- 
lishing of one life in the experiences of another, which 
makes the loss we feel so keen and comprehensive. 
It would be hard to find a single one to whom this 
place may be called home, who has not come within 
the influence of a personality filling the atmosphere 
in which it lived and moved, full of the sweet frag- 
rance of its divine desires through which the love 
and the life of God shone, with a radiance coming 
forth from the possession of the ever abiding presence 
of God, and has not felt instinctively better for the 
human testimony of a divine power which controlled 

We yield God praise to-day for the virtue declared 
in all His saints and especially for the gift of a char- 
acter and a life which wore the expression of strength 
which came from its secret connection with God. 
That which came to screen it from active social con- 
tact was not allowed to hinder it from exercising a 
sweet interest in the pleasures and joys of those of 
more vigorous health, assuming the share it bore in 
the faithful discharge of duties committed to it. 
Her heart was ever open to cheer and to inspire; her 
mind was ever receptive as a sympathetic listener 
to the aims and aspirations of those who went to 
share with her their cherished plans. Her hand 
was ever ready to convey the encouragement with 
which her buoyant and hopeful nature was ever full. 
Important needs never escaped her gracious atten- 
tion to them and her generous support. Her whole 
life was eager to find the necessities for the supply of 
a word of courage, which those worthy of her 
confidence, always received She was ever watch- 
ful for the chance to exercise some loving act 
in the remedy of distress and in the relief of pain. 

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Her thoughts were continually turned in the direc- 
tion away from herself to others. I never could get 
her to talk much about her own sorrows, she would 
so simply, because so naturally, pass on to search out 
the difficulties which others were meeting. Her own 
seemed to ingross her but little. 

Her home life was the reflection of her church life. 
There she so lived that "one might take knowledge of 
her that she had been with Jesus." It was in her 
church life that I perhaps knew her best; there it 
was "that we took sweet counsel together and walked 
in the house of God as friends". To her the church 
was not merely an institution, it was the means of a 
personal contact with a living Christ. She gave to 
its call the best of her time and consecrated, if pos- 
sible, the freshest moments of the day for meeting 
her Saviour in communion in the Holy Eucharist. 
Her desire for the bread of life was no less than a 
longing. She sought earnestly to drink the cup of 
salvation. If denied them it was from some urgent 
and unavoidable necessity. The word of God was 
to her both quick and powerful. It was not for 
criticism, it was her daily light on her daily path. 
She made it operative in all temporal concerns; it 
was her constant strength in her heroic battles with 
sorrows and with suffering. It was the support of 
her unchangeable faith and the foundation of her 
immovable conviction. It was the mainspring, of 
her blameless life; so real and true in her apprecia- 
tion of its sacred messages; so consistent in every 
principle, so pure and loyal in every profession; an 
ever abiding witness to the unfaltering and unfaltera- 
ble character of her response to God's sweet and 
clear toned voice. She found in that voice her guide 
through many a tortuous path of God's mysterious 
ways . And in passing from the partial light which sees 
God only by the eye of a pure and undimmed faith, 

274 St. Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

she went forth to meet her pilot face to face, who 
though unseen she had given up her life to, to be led 
unfailingly to an eternal home of rest and peace. 

Her criticisms when she made them, were just 
and tender. I never found them mingled with the 
gall of harshness, or bearing the sting of un- 
charitableness. Her face was ever turned away 
from the desire to believe what put an unfavorable 
aspect upon some friend or acquaintance. No one in 
her presence dared or cared to indulge in the un- 
charitable and spicy tale which would involve the 
disdain of a human life. Her message was convinc- 
ing though a silent speaker, that "love thinketh no 
evil. ,, 

Dear people, this is the life which God has given 
and taken for our example. Our gratitude for it is 
the perpetual witness of it to the most certain exis- 
tence of God, for we have seen one who shared His 

The other day as we bore her to that sleeping place 
where those you have loved and lost fill earth with 
some of heaven, to give to God that through which 
His own image had shone, we felt there was some- 
thing we could take and keep, for it belonged to us, 
a memory ever fresh for our daily inspiration, ever 
plain for our daily guide, and ever fruitful for our 
imitation, a pure evidence that the secret of the 
Lord may be open and manifest to those who fear 
Him with a sincere reverence and an unfailing truth. 

Defend and sanctify to your own life pilgrimage 
the example of one who bearing in her life the testi- 
mony of fidelity in the service of God, has left the 
inspiration of her faith, the evidence of her love, the 
illumination of her hope, and the quickening influ- 
ence of her life; the sum of which has been fruits, 
good and powerful, the rich harvest of an experience 
full of the rich treasures of a fellowship with God. 

An Appreciation — Edward Patterson 275 

Let it convince and enable you, let it attract and 
impel you to seek for the source of its beauty in the 
deep things of God. Let it be a prophecy, clear as the 
trumpet tone, of the kind of spiritual lives that shall 
make this parish of ours strong in the record of God ; 
the expression of a love for it not in word only but 
in deed, manifested by your personal presence in the 
hours of the Church's devotion, the best evidence 
of a true-hearted zeal and an ever abiding sense of 
the precious knowledge of the secrets of God. 


In memory of Edward Patterson, 
written by the rector. 

The death of Edward Patterson has brought a 
crushing blow not only to those who were nearest to 
him, but has caused the deepest pain to his wide 
circle of friends. All who knew him, and knew how 
much there was in him to love, loved him, and it was 
not long before those who met him for the first time 
grew to love him. 

The tribute which has been shown in ways more 
marked and far-reaching than is generally shown to 
the memory of young men, is the most potent tes- 
timony to the noble qualities of his character. His 
nature possessed that rare commingling in youth — 
a boyish freshness, with all the ardor and zeal it 
keeps the young life supplied with, to which was 
added the traits of a ripe, mature, manliness, and 
a keen sense of life's responsibilities which are 
brought with the assuming of manhood. His heart 
was pure and undefiled. He had a gentle, genial, 
honest, ingenuous manner that won everybody to 
him. As he grew nearer the time when youth opens 
out into the ways and labors that men discharge, 
there was no evidence of conceit, or arro- 

276 St Mary's Church in the Highlands — A History 

gance. He preserved the simple, unpretentious 
ways of his younger days. As he grew older his pur- 
pose was to advance in the knowledge of the calling 
he had selected, and to make the most out of the 
life his God had given him. With his soberness of 
feeling, with his high sense of right, with his deep 
conscientiousness, there was nothing unnatural or 
sanctimonious. He lived out the truth which often 
escapes the notice of men, and especially those who 
are young, that the maintenance of Christian 
principles, the perseverance in Christian duty, the 
courageous confession of Christ, make the highest 
form of manhood, bringing no depression or gloom 
to the proper desires of youth, but creating a char- 
acter which is most lasting in the love it leaves in a 
hallowed memory. The way that this high-minded, 
pure-hearted Christian youth lived his life, filling 
the hours for work with the highest integrity, putting 
his best efforts into his labor, and yet keeping a place 
and time, to be set apart, for his religious duties, 
shows how possible it is for young men to keep in 
touch with all the legitimate pleasures, amusements 
and common interests of life, and still maintain the 
uppermost place reserved for God and the soul and for 
all religious observances. The pain that comes to all 
who are mourning this young life, called away in the 
bloom of manhood is in realizing that the face of this 
noble-hearted youth shall be seen no more. It is in 
being deprived of his gentle, genial, kindly ways; in 
missing his bright, happy presence; in losing the 
charm of his simple, natural, noble disposition; 
but, chief of all, that the life and places through 
which he walked must be without the strong influ- 
ence he exerted, for all that was pure, lovely 
and of good report upon the lives he came in con- 
tact with. 

An Appreciation — Edward Patterson 


The finger of God has touched him, and so he 
sleeps, but only to await the summons of the Master, 
he bore his colors for, on the Resurrection day and 
then to awake to brighter, holier, nobler tasks in 
that larger, richer, higher service God has in store 
for those who have made their goal His service here. 

Cold Spring, Feb. 27, 1901. 


Because of the delay in the publication of this book, for several un- 
avoidable reasons, the effort made to expedite the printing of it resulted 
in some errors remaining unperceived in the text. An apology for these 
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The list of vestrymen from the beginning of the 
parish, with their years of service, should include 
the names of Gouverneur Kemble 1899-1913, and 
C. Seton Lindsay, 1910-1914. 

To list of memorial tablets, add James Nathaniel 
Paulding, born 1833; died 1898. . 






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Anniversaries, 150-183. 
Anniversaries, Rev. E. Floyd-Jones, 

Anniversaries, Rev. E. Floyd-Jones, 

Ordination, 172. 
Anniversaries, of the Parish, 75 

Years, 166. 

Baptist Church, 9, 13. 
Benefactresses of St. Mary's, 99- 

Cemetery Association, 113. 

Certificate of Consecration, 32. 

Choir, vesting of, 141. 

Church, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 19, 27, 30. 

Church, renovation of, 143. 

Church Fence, removal of, 148. 

Clerks of the Vestry, 199. 

Cold Spring, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 14, 

15, 18, 19, 26, 35, 47. 
Cragside, 105. 

Debt on Church, removal of, 131. 
Delegates to Diocesan Convention, 

Electric Light, introduction of, 144. 
Endowment Fund, 170. 
Endowment Funds, 199. 

Font, gift of, 117. 

Garrisons, 3, 14, 15, 19. 

Gifts, 115-121. 

Gifts, Outside the Parish, 128. 

Hudson River, 2, 4, 26. 

Institution of Rectors, 45-46. 

Kent, Cliffs, 22. 

Memorials, 115-121. 

Ordinations, 45. 
Organ, installing of, 133. 
Organ, dedication of, 141. 
Organ, subscribers to, 136-141. 
Organists, 200. 

Parish, 13, 17. 

Parish-Aid, 126, 132, 144. 

Parish Honor Roll, European War, 

Parish-House, gift of, 124-126. 
Parish Register, 203-261. 
Parochial Accomplishments, 131- 

Parrott gun, 53. 
Patterson, 4. 
Peekskill, St. Peter's, 3. 
Philipstown, 7, 14. 
Piano, Parish, purchase of, 148. 
Pleasant Valley, 7. 
Post-Road, 7. 

Presbyterian Church, 12, 13, 15. 
Pulpit, gift of s 121-124. 

Rectors of St. Mary's, 35-45. 
Rectory of St. Mary's, Old, 127. 
Rectory of St. Mary's, New, dedi- 
cation of, 168. 

Sermon, Rev. E. C. Chorley, 167. 
Sermons, Rev. E. Floyd-Jones, 154, 
176, 184. 


Index to Subjects 

Sermons, Rev. Walter Thompson, 
153, 172. 

Sermon, In Memory of W. D. 
Young, 106-111. 

Sermon, In Memory of Irene 
Amerman, 262-264. 

Sermon, In Memory of Elizabeth 
Parsons Paulding, 264-275. 

Services, Memorable, 174-176. 

Sextons of St. Mary's, 200. 

Special Preachers, Bishops and 
Clergy, 196-198. 

St. Albans, Church of, 36. 

St. Mary's Church, First, 14-22. 

St. Mary's Church, Second, 23-34. 

St. Mary's in the Highlands, 15, 16, 
19, 30, 35, 53. 

St. Mary's in the Highlands, Cer- 
tificate of Consecration, 32. 

St. Mary's in the Highlands, Con- 
secration of, 29. 

St. Mary's in the Highlands, In- 
corporation of, 17. 

St. Mary's in the Highlands, Sun- 
day School of, 49. 

St. Philip's in the Highlands, 3, 14, 
15, 19, 35, 51. 

Steam Heating Plant, Construction 
of, 144-146. 

Steam Heating Plant, Subscribers 
to, 146-148. 

Tower, Emmett's, 145. 
Treasurers, 199. 

Union Church, 12, 13, 18. 

Vestrymen of St. Mary's, 66-98. 
Vestrymen of St. Mary's, First, 16. 

Wardens of St. Mary's, 47-65. 
West Point Foundry, 4, 5, 16, 25, 
29, 52. 


*This Index does not include names listed in the 
Parish Record, except where occurring in the text. 

Amerman, Albert 25, 39, 69. 
Amerman, Margaret, 102. 
Anketell, Rev. John, 142. 
Arden, Rev. R. B., 42. 

Bart oil, Henry, 15. 

Bartoll, B. H., 16. 

Belknap, Mary E., 42. 

Briggs, Mary, 10. 

Browning, Samuel, 16. 

Bull, Rev. E. C, 14. 

Burch, Bishop, 104, 168. 

Butterfield, Daniel, 84-86. 

Butterfield, Julia L., 103-105, 132. 

Cameron, Rev. Lewis, 141. 
Camp, F. M., 146. 
Campbell, John, 88-89. 
Carmichael, James, 113. 
Carmichael, Rachel, 113-114. 
Cash, Reuben, 124. 
Caux, Alex. J., 30. 
Chorley, Rev. E. C, 167. 
Coleman, John H., 96. 
Cunningham, Ann, 21. 
Cunningham, John S., 97. 

Davenport, Thomas, 3. 

de Rham, H. C, 16, 66-67. 

Elwell, Oliver, 10. 

Ferris, S., 27, 124. 
Fillebrown, Elizabeth, 172. 

Fillebrown, John P., 91. 
Floyd-Jones, Rev. E., 44, 164. 
Floyd- Jones, Elisabeth, 135. 
Foote, Edward, 15. 
Foote, Emerson, 16. 
Foster, Theo., 15. 

Gale, C. R., 134, 141. 
Giles, Richard, M. D., 94-95. 
Gouverneur, Samuel, 13, 32, 99. 
Greer, Bishop, 104, 165. 
Griffin, Rev. A. M., 154. 
Griffin, Charles C, 128. 

Haight, Charles C, 121, 143. 
Haldane, James H., 36, 82-83. 
Haldane, William H., 86-88. 
Hamilton, Alex., 25, 67. 
Harney, Geo. E., 24, 25, 26, 29, 69- 

70, 124. 
Hazwell, Charles, 15. 
Heartfield, Rev. Frank, 169. 
Hitchcock, R. B., 27, 70. 
Holland, Cecilia G., 104. 

James, F. P., 8, 26, 27, 39, 71, 103, 

115, 124, 125. 
James, Julia L., 125. 
Kemble, Ellen, 100-103. 
Kemble, Gouverneur, I, 3, 4, 8, 11, 

12, 15, 16, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 28, 

29, 46, 47-52. 
Kemble, Gouverneur, II, 42, 46, 

56-57, 149. 


Index to Persons 

Kemble, Gouverneur, III, 60, 63- 

64, 162, 169. 
Kemble, Mary, 53. 
Kemble, Mary W., Ill, 113. 
Kemble, William, 4, 15, 16, 56, 103, 
Keyes, E. D., 50. 

Ladue, W. H., 21, 73-74. 
Ladue, Mrs. W. H., 21. 
Lente, Dr. F. D., 25, 72-73, 102. 
Lindsay, C, Seton, 64-65. 
Lloyd, Bishop A. S., 130. 
Lucke, Rev. Charles, 14. 

Mahan, Rev. Dr. ,45. 
Maury, Mytton, 37, 45, 169. 
McCaffrey, M., 25, 68-69. 
Mekeel, John Y., 13. 
Metcalfe, Henry, 61, 89-90. 
Metcalfe, Dr. John T., 37. 
Miller, Chas., 62-152 
Miller, Chas. A., 95. 
Monroe, James D., 95-96. 
Morrill, Rev. Chas. W., 36, 46. 
Murdock, Dr. G. W. 77. 

Ogilby, Rev. F. 46 
Onderdonk, Bishop, 11, 15, 18, 19. 
Osborn, Henry Fairfield, 165. 
Osborn, Mr. and Mrs. William C, 

Osborn, Mrs. William H., 132. 
Owen, Rev. Mr., 9. 

Parrott, Mary, 17, 99-100. 

Parrott, R. P., 15, 16, 23, 25, 26, 
29, 31, 32, 39, 47, 52-56, 99, 127. 

Parsons, Rev. C. C, 37. 

Patterson, Edward, An Apprecia- 
tion of, 275-277. 

Paulding, Gouverneur, 24, 25, 26, 
39, 57-62, 152. 

Paulding, James K., 50, 61. 

Paulding, James K., Secretary of 
Navy, 57, 99. 

Paulding, James N., 55, 78-81. 

Paulding, William I., 77-78. 

Peter, Henry, 15, 17. 

Philipse, Adolph, 2. 

Philipse, Frederick, 2. 

Philipse's Precinct, 1. 

Pierce, Mrs. S. D., 21. 

Potter, Bishop Horatio, 26, 28, 30. 

Potter, Bishop H. C, 42, 45, 124, 

132, 142, 143. 
Prince, Thomas, 15. 
Purcell, Hugh G., 93. 

Robertson, Daniel, 15. 
Robertson, Joseph, 15. 
Rusk, Henry J., 93-94. 

Saunders, Rev. E. C, 41, 46, 166. 
Shaw, Rev. R., 28, 35, 36. 
Sloan, Samuel, 132. 
Smith, Dr. E. E., 3. 
Spooner, W. A., 16. 
Storrs, Rev. H. L., 14. 
Sutton, Thos., 8. 
Swope, Rev. Dr., 30. 

Talmadge, T. DeWitt, 12. 
Taylor, John, 25, 67-68. 
Taylor, William H., 94. 
Thomas Charles O., 96. 
Thomas, George D., 91-92. 
Thompson, Rev. W 7 alter, 153, 165, 

Timm, Ellis H., 44, 74-77. 
Tolmie, Colin, 90-91. 
Tolmie, Elizabeth, 169. 
Truesdell, Asa, 3, 63. 

Uhl, John, 16. 
Upjohn, H. B„ 104. 

Van Buren, Martin, 51. 

Van Kleeck, Rev. F. B., 43. 

Van Winkle, Rev. L, 39, 127, 149, 

Van Wyck, William, 84. 

Index to Persons 


Warren, Cornelius, 16. 

Warren, Elder, 9. 

Whipple, Charles W., 83, 84. 

Wilde, John, 25. 

Williams, Rev. E., 15, 16, 17, 18, 

Wilson, Le Grand, 126. 

Wilson, Marvin, 3. 

Winslow, James M., M. D., 92-93. 

Woods, W. Creary, 148. 

Young, William, 5, 8. 

Young, Dr. William, 39, 71-72. 

Young, W. D., 105-106. 

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